The Lizard Man Speaks (Corrie Herring Hooks Series)

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Alone on the endless red-sand desert in the Australian outback, tracking Varanus giganteus, the perentie lizard that grows to be more than six feet long. . . for desert rat Eric Pianka, such adventures have led to a satisfying, if unusual, way of life, as well as a distinguished career as a field biologist. In The Lizard Man Speaks, Pianka recounts more than thirty years of adventures in reptile studies, beginning with a boyhood passion for collecting snakes and lizards. He tells of "lizarding" in the North ...
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Alone on the endless red-sand desert in the Australian outback, tracking Varanus giganteus, the perentie lizard that grows to be more than six feet long. . . for desert rat Eric Pianka, such adventures have led to a satisfying, if unusual, way of life, as well as a distinguished career as a field biologist. In The Lizard Man Speaks, Pianka recounts more than thirty years of adventures in reptile studies, beginning with a boyhood passion for collecting snakes and lizards. He tells of "lizarding" in the North American deserts, the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, and the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia. His vivid imagery draws the reader into a world where lions lurk in the darkness beyond a gecko hunter's lights, where being stranded by car trouble miles from the last outpost is a constant danger, and where the wilderness still deserves to be called wild. Along the way, Pianka provides much general information about lizard ecology, the fire succession cycle, and the interaction of humans with the landscape. And he reveals the springs of his own determined spirit and love of solitude, describing a near-fatal boyhood accident and its shaping and character-building effect on the life that followed.
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Pianka (zoology, U. of Texas, Austin) recounts more than 30 years of adventures in reptile studies in remote desert wilderness areas of North America, Africa, and Australia. Full of lizard and natural history lore on the bush fire succession cycle, habits and culture of the Australian Aborigines, and the interaction of humans with the landscape. Includes color and b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292765528
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Beginnings 1
2 Traveling 30
3 Lizarding 50
4 Lizard Natural History 78
5 History 95
6 Lost 105
7 Bush Flies 119
8 Bush Fires 125
9 Australian Aborigines 133
10 Kalahari and Namib 146
11 Events and Afterthoughts 161
References 169
Index 173
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