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The Book of Snakes : A life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world - Mark O'Shea

The Book of Snakes

A life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world

Hardcover Published: 29th August 2018
ISBN: 9781782405597
Number Of Pages: 656

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A beautiful collector's piece that is both a significant resource for enthusiasts and scholars.

There are over 3,600 species of snake found on every continent except for Antarctica, ranging in size from Barbados' tiny thread snake to Southeast Asia's massive reticulated python. More than any other creature snakes are surrounded by dark, compelling myths and legend, unsurprising since many constrict their prey to death, or kill with a venomous bite, using a diverse armory of venoms that affect the blood, tissues, organs, and respiration.

However, it is especially true of snakes that the closer you observe them, the more exquisite they are in their intricate geometry of pattern, the fine texture of the overlapping scales, and the intricacies of their multifarious lifestyles. The Book of Snakes profiles 600 significant species from all 32 families - one in six of all known species - to create a beautiful collector's piece that is both a significant resource for enthusiasts and scholars, and the most visually stimulating guide on the market.

About the Author

Mark O’Shea is an herpetologist, television broadcaster, zoologist, author, photographer, lecturer and public speaker, and the Consultant Curator of Reptiles at West Midland Safari Park in the UK. His life has revolved around snakes for more than five decades and is an advocate for snake conservation. He has now presented over forty documentaries including films for Discovery Channel, ITV, and the BBC. Mark has conducted herpetological fieldwork, or made films, on every continent except Antarctica. He is the author of five books, including the definitive and critically acclaimed A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea (1996) and is currently working on the second edition.

ISBN: 9781782405597
ISBN-10: 1782405593
Series: Book of
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 29th August 2018
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 18.0  x 4.7
Weight (kg): 2.34

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