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A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants: North America North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides) Exp Sub Edition

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About the Author

With more than 40 years of experience in the herbal field, Steven Foster is author, co-author, and photographer of seventeen books. He lives in Eureka Springs Arkansas, in the heart of the medicinal plant-rich Ozarks.


Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.
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Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Exp Sub edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039593608X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395936085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before you dash out into the woods and pick some plants you think are edible, you might want to get this book and know definitely what will kill you, or really mess up your body. Excellent info, bright color pictures, and written for an easy understanding, this book should be in any nature enthusiast's library, right next to Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, possibly the best plant identification guide around.
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My little brother just gave me this field guide. I was shocked to see a picture of a completely harmless Scarlet Kingsnake on the cover of a field guide to Venemous Animals.

I like the field guide, but please people, if you see the snake on the cover - understand it is a Kingsnake and completely harmless, not a Coral snake which is probably what they intended to have on the cover.

Coral snakes do not have red bands between two black bands, and the type of bands they have are quite different.

If you see a Coral snake, please don't kill it either - leave it alone, but especially do not kill a harmless Scarlet Kingsnake thinking it was a Coral snake. Hopefully the next edition will fix this embarrasing mistake.
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The Peterson Field Guides, probably one of the greatest resources every available to the aspiring student of nature. Every guide is chock full of information on a broad range of subjects, but this one has to be one of the most useful.

This needs to be the first field guide you every buy. The Peterson Field Guide to Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants should be in every naturalist's library, both experienced or brand new. Every child should have a copy on their nightstand, and every Grandma and Aunt Sally should have one on their coffee table.

Why? Simple put, if you know everything that can hurt or kill you, you don't get scared of every creepy crawly and little snake. In a world where every mother tells their child not to play out side because there is poison ivy EVERYWHERE, it would be good for people to know what can harm them. If you are aware of the hazards are on your area, then a whole world opens up in your backyard. That mystery plant that is growing on the corner of the yard that your have always been scared to touch isn't in the Peterson Guide. That doesn't mean it's a good idea to eats it, but if you know it's not going to kill you, you have the opportunity to find out what it really is.

Man is inherently fearful of what he doesn't understand, and sadly because so little people understand the intricacies of nature, they are scared of it. The natural world becomes the harsh "wilderness", full of hungry, rabid animals and plants that will kill you just by touching them. If you are scared of Nature, then how will you every understand the beauty within in it.

The Peterson Field Guide to Venomous Animals & Poisonous Plants covers everything from snakes and spiders to poison ivy and mushrooms.
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By A Customer on March 20, 1999
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did you know that boxwood, the ever present suburban hedge, is mildly poisonous? i didn't! a very useful book to reference for what not to touch, eat, or annoy.
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I go fishing and camping a lot. I'm in the wilderness when I'm not behind my desk studying. My friends and I went one time and when we came back one of my friends had a huge rash on his chest. No one knew why. I figured it must have been the plants or some type of bug. Turns out it was poison oak. It was for this reason I purchased this book. There have been countless plants we've come across since then that were poisonous and this time we actually knew about them. If you don't know your bugs and plants this is a must have.
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Refer to this often for personal, everyday usage and as a reference source for my writing. This volume helped me to identify a snake found in my basement & outside the house, several insects, and a spider. At this rate, this book should become one of my more frequently referenced favorites.
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By K on February 3, 2016
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this book is ok, the main problem is that there is unbalanced information, almost to the point of being biased, there are 26 pages on snakes and only 16 pages on insects, including ONLY 5 spiders, and ONLY 1 scorpion!, 2 types of bees!, there are over 70 species of scorpions, 4,000 species of bees, 4,000 known spider species, in the US alone, I know most of those have very similar toxic reactions, or are harmless, and the book is meant to be a field guide so they are limited on the size of the book, BUT this is a huge over sight, if your going to expand the book in one subject you have to expand them all, not to mention the lay out problems where the reader is forced to jump back and forth on the page number to read about the various poisonous plants or to see a colored photo of a plant if the book even has one, and if it does have a picture its a close up which makes causal identification of the plant very, very, hard and some of the plants, just have a drawing of a part of the plant, no picture, this book has information, that is not readily available to the novice, and its indispensable, having said that it needs to be updated, redone, not that the information is out of date, its that the information, needs to be presented, in a easier-to-use format and it needs to be expand, this book should be 4 times this size, or have a larger version, not because nature is scary, or that everything out there can hurt you, but because of just the opposite, knowledge is power and the more you know the less you fear.
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