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Rattlesnakes

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Coiled on the desert floor, a rattlesnake blends perfectly with the dried leaves around it. With this disguise, the snake's prey won't see it until it's too late. Camouflage, venomous fangs, and an incredible sense of smell make this predator one of the most dangerous in North and South America. Learn more about this amazing predator!

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Overview

Coiled on the desert floor, a rattlesnake blends perfectly with the dried leaves around it. With this disguise, the snake's prey won't see it until it's too late. Camouflage, venomous fangs, and an incredible sense of smell make this predator one of the most dangerous in North and South America. Learn more about this amazing predator!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather L. Montgomery
The graphic, full-page photos in this book are sure to entice anyone who is not squeamish about snakes. Markle's clear expository text effectively covers broad concepts such as food chains as well as the details such as how a rattlesnake's scent-sensitive tongue works. Other topics covered include: advantages of forward-facing eyes, tracking prey, mechanism of envenomation, ability to consume large prey, digestion, use of the rattle, defensive techniques, temperature regulation, reproduction, birth and growth. Although the structure of the text is not overly pronounced, careful pairing of the text and photos allows for either a dip-in or a straight-through reading style. Photos and text references allude to various species of rattlesnakes found in North and South America. At the end, four Looking Back activities are included to encourage careful scrutiny of the photos. A succinct glossary, list of books and websites, as well as an index complete the backmatter. This book is part of "Animal Predators," an ongoing series. Reviewer: Heather L. Montgomery
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580135399
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Animal Predators Series
  • Pages: 39
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning science books for children, a nationally known science education consultant, and a former elementary school science teacher. Her titles include Penguins: Growing Up Wild - a National Science Teacher Association and Children's Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book; Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs - a Nick Jr. Magazine Best Books of the Year 2003; and Outside and Inside Bats - an American Bookseller's Association Pick of the Lists. She authored the award-winning Animal Predator, Animal Scavenger, and Animal Prey series for Lerner Publishing Group, a well-received collection of books on the food chain. Markle has developed science specials for CNN and PBS and an award-winning Internet-based education program. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.

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