Synopses & Reviews
Their Blood Runs Cold
is entertaining, informative reading that not only enhances our understanding of a unique group of animals, but also provides genuine insight into the mind and character of a research scientist.and#160;Whit Gibbons possesses the rare talent of conveying the challenge and excitement of scientific inquiry. A research ecologist who specializes in the study of reptiles and amphibians, he gives accounts of work in the field that are as readable as good short stories.and#160;From the dangers of being chased by an angry rattlesnake to the exhilaration of discovering a previously undescribed species, Gibbons brings to life the everyday experiences of the herpetologist as he chases down lizards, turtles, snakes, alligators, salamanders, and frogs in their natural habitats. With essays like andldquo;Turtles May Be Slow but Theyandrsquo;re 200 Million Years Ahead of Usandrdquo; and andldquo;How to Catch an Alligator in One Uneasy Lesson,andrdquo; Their Blood Runs Cold
both entertains and informs.and#160;The thirtieth anniversary edition of Their Blood Runs Cold
features a new prologue and epilogue, additions that address changes in the taxonomy and study of reptiles and amphibians that have occurred since the publication of the original edition and offer suggestions for further reading that highlight the explosion of interest in the topic.and#160;
andquot;This book is pleasant and instructive at the same time. . . . Gibbons writes with clarity and verve.andquot;andmdash;Archie Carr, author of So Excellent a Fishe: A Natural History of Sea Turtles
andquot;A superbly written, personalized narrative on amphibians and reptiles. . . . This book can be read and enjoyed by almost everyone with interests in people, research, and/or animals.andquot;
andquot;A good source of general information and marvelous stories about reptiles and amphibiansand#160;for herpetologists, nonherpetologists, nonherpetologically oriented scientists, and nonscientists. It is an outstanding attempt at educating the general public about these animals and lays to rest many of the common myths and misconceptions concerning not only reptiles and amphibians but herpetolotists as well.andquot;
and#160;Their Blood Runs Cold is entertaining, informative reading that not only enhances our understanding of a unique group of animals, but also provides genuine insight into the mind and character of a research scientist.
About the Author
Whit Gibbons is professor emeritus of ecology, University of Georgia, and head of the Environmental Outreach Program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.