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Ultimate Guide to Snakes and Reptiles
     

Ultimate Guide to Snakes and Reptiles

by Derek Hall
 

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As well as telling the story of reptile evolution, this book describes and illustrates all the groups of living reptiles found around the world today. It examines how they are built, how they reproduce and how they go about their often amazing lives. We look at the lumbering land tortoises and the elegant swimming turtles. Then there are the huge and diverse family of

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As well as telling the story of reptile evolution, this book describes and illustrates all the groups of living reptiles found around the world today. It examines how they are built, how they reproduce and how they go about their often amazing lives. We look at the lumbering land tortoises and the elegant swimming turtles. Then there are the huge and diverse family of lizards, the curious, burrowing worm-lizards and the even stranger tuatara - a living relic from prehistoric times. We survey the realm of snakes and find out how these legless creatures can move with such ease, and how they use venom to subdue prey. And we find out how the dangerous, carnivorous crocodiles and alligators are paradoxically among the most caring parents in the world of reptiles. Finally, we examine the long and often vexed relationship between reptiles and mankind, including the role played by them in myth and legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785822677
Publisher:
Chartwell Books
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
443
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.34(d)

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