Cobras: On the Hunt


Watch out this killer animal strikes without warning Discover how cobras make the kill and swallow their prey whole

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Watch out this killer animal strikes without warning Discover how cobras make the kill and swallow their prey whole

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
To capture the attention of those children who are still reading at lower levels, the publisher has named this series "Killer Animals." The cover, the title page, and the chapter introductions are black with bloody red splotches; a sidebar is called a "Killer Fact." Who are these fearsome monsters? Actually, they are the large predators of the world which are vital to the maintenance of ecosystems. Some are man-eaters, and these are called "alpha" predators. In this volume, readers will discover that the cobra, a fierce venomous snake, preys mostly on other snakes. Not an alpha predator, the cobra's enemies are humans and the mongoose. Large color photos show King cobras in their habitat (India and southeast Asia), devouring a bird and a small furry mammal. Cobras can expand their ribs into a threatening hood, paralyze a victim with their venom, and stretch their jaws wide to eat bulkier prey. Two uncaptioned photos show encounters between a cobra and a mongoose. While King cobras do, if frightened, attack and kill humans, they mostly avoid people; young readers might also like to know that King cobras are not native to North America. A final section explains that cobras, often captured for their exotic skins, "play an important role in the ecosystem" because they "eat birds, lizards, snakes, and other animals." Adults planning to use this set with children would do well to first read David Quammen's Monster of God (Norton, 2003) to gain a wider perspective on predators at the top of food chains and their importance to the survival of us all. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429623179
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Killer Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Riehecky is a longtime writer for children. She has worked as a high school English teacher, a college professor, and a children's book editor. Her 24 volume series Dinosaurs! won the Summit Award for Best Children's Nonfiction, presented by the Society of Midland Authors, and her Tasmanian Tiger was a Junior Library Guild selection. Janet loves to collect dinosaur bones. On a dig in western Colorado, she dug up the first bone found of a brand new dinosaur, the Mymoorapelta.
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