Levin takes us from labs where the secrets of the snake's evolutionary history are being unlocked to far-flung habitats to explore the painful struggles involved in protecting and preserving its natural world.
Author: Ted Levin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake is a chilling shorthand for imminent danger, and a reminder of the countless ways that nature can suddenly snuff us out. Though they're found in thirty-one states, and near many major cities, in contemporary America timber rattlesnakes are creatures mostly of imagination and innate fear. Levin takes us from labs where the secrets of the snake's evolutionary history are being unlocked to far-flung habitats to explore the painful struggles involved in protecting and preserving its natural world.
“Tales of the Rattlesnakes: From the Works of Early Travelers in America.” Bulletin of the Antivenin Institute of America 3 (1930): 3. Medden, Rheua Vaughn. “Tales of the Rattlesnakes: From the Works of Early Travelers in America.
Author: Ted Levin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The acclaimed naturalist offers an in-depth profile of the timber rattlesnake, from its unique biological adaptations to its role in American history. The ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake is one of the most famous—and terrifying—sounds in nature. Today, they are found in thirty-one states and many major cities. Yet most Americans have never seen a timber rattler, and only know them from movies or our frightened imaginations. Ted Levin aims to change that with America’s Snake. This portrait of the timber rattler explores its significance in American frontier history, and sheds light on the heroic efforts to protect the species against habitat loss, climate change, and the human tendency to kill what we fear. Taking us from labs where the secrets of the snake’s evolutionary adaptations are being unlocked to far-flung habitats that are protected by dedicated herpetologists, Levin paints a picture of a fascinating creature: peaceable, social, long-lived, and, despite our phobias, not inclined to bite. The timber rattler emerges here as an emblem of America, but also of the struggles involved in protecting the natural world. A wonderful mix of natural history, travel writing, and exemplary journalism, America’s Snake is loaded with remarkable characters—none more so than the snake itself: frightening, fascinating, and unforgettable. A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award-winner
CHAPTER Introduction 1 AN OVERVIEW OF FOSSIL SNAKES Fossil snakes appear later in the geological record than any other reptile group . In North America , they formed an insignificant part of the vertebrate fauna in the Cretaceous and ...
Author: J. Alan Holman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
"This volume includes detailed accounts of the morphology and distribution of the fossil snakes of North America and also remarks on their evolutionary, zoogeographic, and paleoecological patterns. The heart of the book consists of detailed systematic accounts of the known fossil snakes of North America and their localities. Extinct fossil taxa are discussed and illustrated, and many are re-described on the basis of new information. The book provides illustrations of diagnostic vertebrae and criteria for the identification of presently living fossil snake taxa as well as descriptions of the modern characteristics and ranges of these species." "Color photographs in the 16-page insert present a catalog of representative living snake species." --Book Jacket.
Providing thorough descriptions of almost 200 species, this guide presents thousands of facts and figures that will help you identify, understand, and appreciate these important and remarkable animals. Each species and subspecies account includes the latest findings on abundance, size, reproductive habits, prey, habitat, behavior and venomous/nonvenomous status.
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Author: Carl H. Ernst
Publisher: Fairfax, Va. : George Mason University Press
The first treatise to be published in thirty years on the 58 snakes found in eastern North America, Snakes of Eastern North America provides a current summary of the taxonomy, ecology, and behavior of each species. Selected by CHOICE as Outstanding Academic book of 1989. Table of Contents: Preface; Introduction; Identification of Snakes; Typhlopidae: Blind Snakes; Colubridae: Colubrid Snakes; Glossary of Scientific Names; Bibliography; Index
So I have witnessed a crowd of birds collected about a black snake , which displayed their hostility by many cries and ... America , where there is really but one species of venomous snake not easily distinguished , the Elaps fulrius ...
proearthworks of North America is the great serpent - mound of Adams county , Ohio , the convolutions of which extend to a length of 1000 feet . At the Edinburgh meeting of the British Association , in 1871 , Mr. Phené gave an account ...
Com'ophis from the Lance, Upper Cretaceous of Wyoming, is the most ancient snake known from North America. There is nothing in common between Coniophis and Symoleophis from the Cretaceous (Lenonian) of France. Williston (1925, p.
Lets be honestpeople are misled about the genuine use of marijuana for medicinal use.
Author: Ray Martinez
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Lets be honestpeople are misled about the genuine use of marijuana for medicinal use. There was a point and time where our society used to believe that cigarettes were safe and harmless, and some of the tobacco industry led us to believe it was healthy for us to smoke. Sounds familiar with marijuana today? Many years ago, people would sell bottles of drinks that were supposed to cure everything, better known as snake oil. Today we are faced with the twenty-first century snake oil that proponents want you to believe that marijuana cures everything from minor pains to cancer. Snake oil never lives up to the sellers hype. The great news is that most of our youth do not use marijuana; that in itself is refreshing
... operator be at hand . of North America ( Coluber ) , the Rat Snake of India Fayrer's experiments , however , have distinctly disproved and South America ( Ptyas Spilotes ) , Æsculapius Snake the efficacy of this remedial measure .
SNAKES IN SOUTH AMERICA . 293 home to the village . It was kindly treated , and in three days it followed its master around like a dog , and was perfectly domesticated . The animal lives on vegetable food ( grass , fruit , and roots ) ...
Alligator African egg - eating snake pg . 11 lost habitats in central and ... 22 , 37 , 47 reshwater swamps , lakes , and rivers southeastern North America . ... 31 Dry , rocky habitats on tropical islands near to the Americas .
Author: Simon Holland
Publisher: DK Children
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A visual and accessible science title explores the world of reptiles, discussing lizards, snakes, tortoises, turtles, alligators, crocodiles, and tuataras.
This snake Zozo handled with the mastery of Psyin , those charmers of serpents on the burning sands of the African Syrtis , of whom Pliny tells us . He talked and whispered to it . At every word the reptile , with undulating body and ...
A Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Colloquialisms Peculiar to the United States, British America, the West Indies, Etc., ... SNAKE ROOT . - Various Indian remedies for snake bites , many of which , though out of favor as antidotes or ...
The third form of Quetzalcoatl , which also belongs to the south , is the snake ; he is a snake - god , or , at least , merged into an ancient snake - god . The snake is not , as far as I know , a direct symbol of the air , and this ...
Author: Hubert Howe Bancroft
Extensive anthropological, ethnographic, linguistic, archaeological, and historical work on the Indians of the North, Central, and South Americas and, in North America, as far east as the Mississippi Valley.
SERPENT - CHARMING . 787 and drove him into his hole among the brickwork . I therefore sent for the snake - charmers to get him out . Two of these worthies having arrived , we lowered them into the well by means of a rope .
This snake , the most venomous known in North America , subsists wholly on animal food ; it digests its food slowly , and is able to exist without any sustenance for months , or even years , in confinement ; during this time it often ...
EWE he Snake River originates in Yellowstone National Park . From there , it twists and turns through Wyoming , Idaho , Oregon , and Washington . Near Pasco , Washington , it empties into the Columbia River . The Snake River is the ...
Author: Edward R. Ricciuti
Publisher: Blackbirch Press, Incorporated
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Shows the top ten American rivers, monuments, skyscrapers, cities, construction projects, national parks, curiosities, mountains, bridges, and natural wonders