Children's LiteratureThe format of the book consists entirely of numbered one or two sentence facts about snakes and their behavior. For example, "Less than a quarter of all snake species are venomous." Although this may seem like a disjointed approach, the facts actually are grouped logically (facts about snakes' methods of locomotion are grouped together, for example). Breaking the facts down into labeled sections or chapters would have been even more helpful, however. Instead, young researchers must either read the book cover to cover or else rely on the brief index. Color photographs appear on almost every page, including photographs of snakes striking and devouring their prey. A color-coded opening map indicates the areas where different types of snakes live, and a glossary defines key boldfaced terms. A guide for further reading and a list of web sites will lead readers to other more in-depth resources. This is a volume in the "101 Facts About Predators" series. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 7 to 12.