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Snakes (Paperback)

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Whether loathed, feared, admired or worshipped, snakes evoke stronger human reactions than almost any other animal. Moving gracefully without limbs, swallowing meals often several times larger than their own heads, and with many having venomous bites, they never fail to fascinate. From garter snakes and vipers to boas and pythons, Snakes describes the biology and natural history of this ecologically important group of animals. Natural History Museum expert David Gower together with Katherine Garrett, have updated Peter Stafford's original text, highlighting the variety and complexity of this group that includes almost 3,000 living species. Information on habitat, conservation status, and unusual behaviour is also included. Stunningly illustrated throughout and with the use of examples from around the globe, this comprehensive introduction to the snakes of the world shows that they are an important group of animals that should be valued and admired rather than feared and hated.

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsReptiles & amphibians as petsNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: reptiles & amphibiansScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesZoology & animal sciencesZoology: Vertebrates Publisher: The Natural History Museum Publication Date: 01/03/2012 ISBN-13: 9780565092665  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dr David Gower is an organismal biologist at the Natural History Museum, London, whose expertise lies in caecilian amphibians and Triassic archosaurian reptiles as well as snakes. He has written and contributed to numerous papers, reports and popular science books on the subject. Long interested in amphibians and reptiles, Katherine Garrett works in the Botany Department of the Natural History Museum. She is a member of the Museum's Herpetology Research Group and has participated in several herpetological field projects. A world-renowned herpetologist, Dr Peter Stafford was involved in the study of the biology of snakes for many years until his untimely death in 2009. He was a curator and biologist at the Natural History Museum and the editor of the British Herpetological Society Bulletin from 2000 to 2009. He wrote and co-authored several books on herpetology, including The Adder and A Guide to the Reptiles of Belize.

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