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Smithsonian Answer Book: Snakes / Edition 2
     

Smithsonian Answer Book: Snakes / Edition 2

by George R. Zug, Carl H. Ernst, Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Bartlett
 

ISBN-10: 1588341135

ISBN-13: 9781588341136

Pub. Date: 09/23/2004

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

What's the largest snake in the world? Can snakes fly? Do hoop snakes really wind themselves into a circle and then chase people by rolling downhill? Is it true that, when walking in a "snaky" area, only the last person in line will be bitten? Everything you ever wanted to know about these often-maligned creatures is in this book. Snakes is written in an accessible

Overview

What's the largest snake in the world? Can snakes fly? Do hoop snakes really wind themselves into a circle and then chase people by rolling downhill? Is it true that, when walking in a "snaky" area, only the last person in line will be bitten? Everything you ever wanted to know about these often-maligned creatures is in this book. Snakes is written in an accessible question-and-answer format and has more than 100 stunning color photographs. Learn what snakes eat and how they crawl, breathe, hear, smell, and much more. Explore such phenomena as the rattlesnake's rattle, the viper's hiss, and the snake charmer's secrets. The authors also give expert advice on such practical subjects as distinguishing venomous species from harmless look-alikes and keeping snakes as pets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588341136
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
09/23/2004
Series:
Smithsonian Answer Book Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introductionxvii
1.Snake Facts
What Are Snakes?1
How Do Snakes Differ from Lizards?1
How Are Snakes Built?3
How Do Snakes Breathe?8
How Do Snakes Crawl and Swim?10
Can Snakes Crawl Backward?13
How Do Snakes Climb?13
Can Snakes Fly?14
Do Snakes Dig Burrows?15
How Do Snakes See?15
What Are Pit Organs?17
Do Snakes Hear?18
Can Snakes Smell?18
Do Snakes Taste Their Food?20
How Do Snakes Find and Subdue Their Prey?20
How Is Venom Used in Prey Capture?22
How Does Constriction Kill?22
Do All Snakes Kill Their Prey before Eating It?23
What and How Do Snakes Eat?24
Why and How Do Snakes Shed Their Skin?27
Why Are Snakes Striped, Banded, or Blotched?29
How Do Snakes Get Their Colors?32
When Is an Albino Not White?33
Can Snakes Change Colors?34
How Do Snakes Grow?34
Do Snakes Grow throughout Their Lives?34
How Fast Do Snakes Grow?35
How Long Do Snakes Live?36
What Does It Mean to Be Cold-Blooded?38
Why Do Snakes Bask in the Sun?38
Are Snakes Ever Warm-Blooded?38
How Do Snakes Spend the Winter?40
Do Snakes Hibernate Like Mammals?40
Where Do Snakes Hibernate?41
Do Snakes Huddle Together to Keep Warm?42
How Do Snakes Reproduce?43
How Do Snakes Find Their Mates?43
How Often Do Snakes Mate?45
Do Female Snakes Brood Their Eggs?46
How Many Eggs or Young Are Produced?47
Do Female Snakes Protect Their Young?48
Do Snakes Have Enemies?50
What Sounds Do Snakes Make?52
How Does a Rattlesnake Rattle?52
Do Snakes Make Other Sounds?54
How Do Snakes Defend Themselves?54
Do Snakes Get Sick?57
What Are Some Common Diseases of Snakes?57
Do Snakes Have Parasites?58
Do Snakes Get Cancer?59
Do Snakes Feel Pain?60
When Did the First Snake Appear?60
How Are the Ages of Fossil Snakes Determined?62
How Many Kinds of Snakes Exist Today?63
How Are Snakes Classified?63
How Are Snakes Related?65
2.Folktales
Why So Many Falsehoods?69
What Supernatural Powers Are Attributed to Snakes?70
Which Tales Are True?71
Are Snakes Cold and Slimy?71
Do Snakes Hypnotize Their Prey?72
Do All Venomous Snakes Have Triangular Heads?73
Are All Hooded Snakes Venomous?73
Do Injured Snakes Die before Sundown?74
Do Snakes Have Special Odors?74
Are Hoop Snakes For Real?74
Do Snakes Chase People?74
Do Mother Snakes Swallow Their Young?75
Do Snakes Milk Cows?75
Do Venomous and Nonvenomous Snakes Interbreed?76
What Other Strange Tales Are Told about Snakes?77
Can Snakes Be Charmed?78
3.Giant Snakes: Big and Biggest
What Qualifies as a Giant?81
Anacondas81
Reticulated Python83
African Rock Pythons84
Indian Python86
Australian Scrub Python87
Boa Constrictor88
Asian Ratsnakes90
King Cobra91
Taipans92
Bushmaster93
Mambas95
Other Giants and Near-Giants96
4.Snakebite
Venomous or Poisonous: What Is the Difference?105
What Is Venom?105
How Many Snakes Are Venomous?108
Where Are Venomous Snakes Found?110
Which Snakes Have the Most Potent Venom?112
How Do Fangs Work?113
How Is Venom Injected?116
Do Snakes Spit Their Venom?120
How Dangerous Is a Snakebite?122
How Do You Avoid Snakebites?124
If Bitten, What Next?124
What Is Antivenom?125
Can Venom Be Used as Medicine?126
5.Snakes and Us129
Why Are Snakes Important to Us?129
Why Do I Have Snakes in My House?132
How Do I Keep Snakes Out of My House and Yard?134
Should I Keep a Snake as a Pet?136
How Can I Become a Snake Specialist?139
What Remains to Be Learned about Snakes?139
Appendix 1.Classification of Snakes141
Appendix 2.Slower than They Seem: Locomotion Speeds of Select Snakes and Other Animals145
Appendix 3.Herpetological Organizations146
Glossary148
General Bibliography153
Subject Bibliography155
Taxonomic Index169
Subject Index175

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