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The Last Snake Man : The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows - John Cann

The Last Snake Man

The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

By: John Cann, Jimmy Thomson (As told to)

Paperback Published: 24th January 2018
ISBN: 9781760630515
Number Of Pages: 320

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Wildlife warrior, professor of snakes, entertainer, Olympian. John Cann is a truly remarkable Australian. Written in John's engaging and affable voice, The Last Snake Man tells the story of John and his fascinating family, who entertained Australians for nearly a century with their incredible snake shows.

Every Sunday for almost a century John Cann's family ran the famous snake show in a pit at La Perouse - an area once alive with tiger, brown and black snakes. After growing up with over 300 'pet' snakes in their backyard, John and his brother George took over the snake show from their parents in 1965. By the time John retired in 2010, he'd survived five venomous snake bites.

Many of those familiar with John and his shows wouldn't know that he was also an Olympic athlete, a top state rugby league player who played alongside some of the legends of the game, a state champion boxer, an adventurer and a world authority on turtles.

The Last Snake Man chronicles John's extraordinary life and times. From wrangling snakes to chasing turtles, from remote country towns to the impenetrable jungles of New Guinea, this is the story of an amazing Australian and his never-ending search for fascinating animals and adventure.

About the Author

JOHN CANN is the Snake Man of La Perouse and performed public Sunday snake shows for 45 years. He is an environmental conservationist and wildlife expert. He is author of Freshwater Turtles of Australia and the Cann's snake-necked turtle is named after him.

JIMMY THOMSON is a journalist, author and screenwriter. He is the author of Snitch, Watto and Wendell Sailor: Crossing the line, and co-wrote Tunnel Rats and A Sappers' War with Sandy MacGregor.

Good story, a Wonderful life, Nice Bloke.


A Most interesting life.

Australind Western Australia



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1. The Snake Man of La Perouse

2. Cleopatra, Queen of the Snakes

3. War baby

4. Underwater football

5. Born to run

6. The Games

7. Race relations

8. Roughing it

9. 'This one's dead . . .'

10. Work

11. Snaking

12. Snakebites

13. 'He got me!'

14. Showtime

15. Turtles

16. Collecting in Irian Barat

17. A cruel end

18. Back to work

19. Turtle wars

20. My brother George

21. My family

22. Martin Lauer

23. Reptiles and reprobates

24. No fortune, no fame

25. Survivor

Appendix Australia's great snakeys

Appendix John's turtles



ISBN: 9781760630515
ISBN-10: 1760630519
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th January 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45