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Children's LiteratureHolub answers commonly-asked questions about snakes as well as lizards and turtles. They range from simple questions about size and variety to more complex ones such as whether snakes are poisonous, what and how they eat and how they move, see and hear. The same format is followed when discussing lizards and turtles. The concluding pages discuss extinction and whether or not a reptile makes a good pet. There are excellent photographs of these reptiles and the kids who obviously care for and enjoy their pets along with occasional drawings. While reptiles are not the pet of choice for many adults, kids are generally more open-minded and the information presented can dispel fears and may help kids consider a reptile as a pet. As to the question posed by the title—snakes hiss to scare enemies. This series by Holub is similar to the "I Wonder Why" books from Kingfisher. A Dial "Easy-To-Read" Level 3 book which features harder words and a longer text for kids who are reading on their own. 2004, Dial/Penguin, Ages 6 to 8.