Rattlers and Snappers: Teachings, Tales, and Tidbits

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759640573
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication iii
Acknowledgements v
Preface vii
Chapter I Snake Teachings 1
1. History And Myths 2
2. On Being A Snake And Getting Around--Locomotion And Senses 4
3. Feeding 7
4. Reproduction 8
5. Sexing And Measuring 10
6. When, Where, And How To Find Snakes 10
7. Threats 13
8. Defenses 14
9. Is It Venomous? 20
10. So You Were Bitten--Now What? 22
11. Northern Copperheads 25
12. Timber Rattlesnakes 26
Chapter II Snake Tales And Tidbits 34
Mountain Men 35
Ralph "Shorty" Fye 35
John Sayers 37
Mountain Law 43
Norm Erickson 44
"Rattlers--Boy, Did I Get Bit!" 51
"Poison Fangs Are Unforgettable" 62
Stan Hastings 73
Bubba And The Snake Man 75
"Snake" 82
Chapter III Turtle Teachings 85
1. History 86
2. The Shell 86
3. Gender Determination 87
4. Searching For And Finding Turtles 88
5. Snapping Turtles 89
Where They Live And What They Eat 90
Reproduction 91
Defenses And Handling Techniques 94
Chapter IV Turtle Tales And Tidbits 97
Harvesting Snappers--From Swamp To Soup 98
Setlines 98
Jugging 99
Live Traps 99
Noodling 100
Polling 102
You've Caught One--Now What? 102
Greg Levish's Recipes 104
"My Buddy Spike" 105
The Accomplice 116
Reflections 118
Bibliography 121
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    Naturalist

    Rattlers & Snappers is not only a book about snakes and turtles, but also about conservation officers and their interactions with venomous reptiles in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. An entire section is devoted to the art of snake handling and the ordeals of being bitten, as related by the first-hand experiences of retired conservation officer's Norm Erickson and Stan Hastings. Turtle lovers will appreciate the section, Harvesting Snappers - From Swamp to Soup, where the author leads them through the backwaters of rivers, streams, and swamps in pursuit of the old mossback. This is a must-read book for anyone with a love for the out-of-doors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2001

    Science Facts and Fables

    This book is a delightful combination of science facts, popular un-truths and common sense stories from old time wardens. Written with a real feel of hands-on Americana. Puts the irrational fear of these critters into perspective and gives us all a glimpse into past attitudes and how they compare with present fears. Truly an enjoyable read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2001

    Excellent!

    A must have book. Very informative and the narration is great. Has very cool tales and stories. I recommend it to everyone.

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