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  1. Snake (Animal)
    Snake (Animal)
    Snake (Animal)
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  2. Snake (Animal)

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    Customer Ratings (1 reviews)
    Price R439.00

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A snake smells with its tongue, hears with its flesh, and breathes under the sand with one lung; it can copulate for days with one snake or with fifty at once; it has infrared radar; and it can induce spontaneous bleeding if threatened. With all these qualities, it is easy to see how snakes have such varied associations in cultures around the world: while celebrated in tattoos and tales, and for medicinal benefits, snakes are also so universally feared that they constantly endure intense persecution and rarely enjoy protected rights. Drake Stutesman explores here in Snake the fascinating natural history of the maligned serpentine.

Stutesman examines a wide range of sources to investigate the complex and widespread symbolism the snake has inspired, including the serpent's temptation of Eve in the Bible, Kaa in The Jungle Book, the Chinese zodiac, Indian snake charmers, and the Hollywood film Anaconda. She looks at the role snakes have played in human culture and science, from snake cuisine and the use of venom in medicine to the intriguing history of snake symbolism in art, architecture, cinema, and even clothing. Richly illustrated and written in an engaging style, Snake is an invaluable resource for snake enthusiasts and scholars, as well as for all who love, admire, or fear this fascinating and enduring animal.

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Drake Stutesman
Brand: Reaktion Books
Used Book in Good Condition
Reaktion Books
Reaktion Books
52 black & white illustrations, 50 colou
52 black & white illustrations, 50 colou
Reaktion Books
Reaktion Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I discovered the "Animal" series by accident while browsing my local library, and I'm reading earlier titles, of which this is one. This book has a good deal of natural history, but as usual in the series it's mostly the idea of the snake, in myth, the arts and so on. It's a fairly fast read, even while being full of information.

The long second chapter is on snakes in myth, and some readers may find it a bit slow. I found the third chapter, on snake venom, to be the most interesting. The other chapters, such as the snake as a symbol, are so-so. This is still a lively read, with surprises every few pages. The illustrations are quite good.

Among nuggets of surprising information are that an owl will take a blindsnake to its nest to have it eat lice. A taxidermied snake can still kill, because of the persistence of poison. About 125,000 humans die each year from snakebite, far far more than the total killed by crocodiles, sharks, and other animals put... Read more
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