A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden

A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden

by Archie Carr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300068549

ISBN-13: 9780300068542

Pub. Date: 09/01/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

Archie Carr (1909-1987) was an eminent naturalist, writer, conservationist, and world authority on sea turtles. Throughout his life he wrote on many aspects of natural history, but he was particularly entranced by the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida, where he lived for more than fifty years. This captivating book-a collection of essays on Florida-provides memorable

Overview

Archie Carr (1909-1987) was an eminent naturalist, writer, conservationist, and world authority on sea turtles. Throughout his life he wrote on many aspects of natural history, but he was particularly entranced by the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida, where he lived for more than fifty years. This captivating book-a collection of essays on Florida-provides memorable details and anecdotes about the flora, fauna, and humans that have inhabited this colorful landscape.

Carr describes the eating rituals of the snakebird; the personality, courtship, and copulation of box turtles; the way skinks (a type of lizard) use their tails when foraging; and the characteristics of Spanish moss. He ponders why fish migrate to create "jubilees" in certain streams, the effects of disappearing ponds on the plants and animals that live in them, and the captivating activities of alligators and alligator snapping turtles. Carr's essays, many but not all previously published in such magazines as Audubon, Field and Stream, and Wildlife Conservation, are a kind of testimony to and celebration of an exuberant natural landscape that is now seriously threatened.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300068542
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
  • Preface
  • Maps
  • Wewa Pond
  • The Bird and the Behemoth
  • Jubliee
  • Sticky Heels
  • A Florida Picnic
  • All the Way Down upon the Suwannee River
  • Suwannee River Sturgeon
  • An Introduction to Herpetology in Florida
  • Florida Vignettes
  • Tails of Lizards
  • Alligator Country
  • A Subjective Key to the Fishes of Alahua County, Florida
  • Hound Magic
  • Carnivorous Plants
  • The Cold-blooded Fraternity
  • Living with an Alligator
  • The Moss Forest
  • In Praise of Snakes
  • The Landscapes of Florida
  • Armadillo Dilemma
  • Water Hyacinths
  • Triple-clutchers
  • The Gulf Island Cottonmouths
  • A Dubious Future
  • Eden Changes

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