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Stalking the Plumed Serpent and Other Adventures in Herpetology
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Based on his more than 40 years of field research, Means, an expert on the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, reveals the biological complexity and beauty of animals that he has studied. Most people loathe these reptiles and amphibians, but Means shows his love for creatures that go bump in the night.
In Australia, Means searches for the “fiercey,” reputed to be the world’s deadliest terrestrial snake. In Mexico, he stalks the rattlesnake that might have served as the model for the mythical “plumed serpent” of Mayan art. In Florida, he is “chased” by cottonmouth moccasins.
Through his experiences, Means hopes that readers will gain a new appreciation for animals called herps, or creepy-crawly things.
Book News Annotation:
Means, a scientist, explorer, and conservationist, draws on his experiences in 40 years of field research to reveal the biological complexity and beauty of reptiles and amphibians in Florida and around the world. His reflections on biodiversity, endangered species, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world, woven together with dramatic adventures such as crawling for help after being bitten by a poisonous snake alone in the bush, make for entertaining reading. B&w and color photos are included. The author is founder and director of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy in Tallahassee, Florida. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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