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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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In 2010 I collaborated on National Geographic Guide to Medicine Herbs (with Rebecca L. Johnson, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. & David Kiefer, M.D.; Photographs by Steven Foster, with a Foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D). I am also the co-author of National Geographic's A Desk Reference to Nature's Medicine (2006, with Rebecca Johnson), named a 2007 New York Public Library "Best of Reference." I am the senior author of three other Peterson Field Guides, including A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs (with Dr. James A. Duke), 2nd edition, 2000; A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs with Christopher Hobbs, (2002); and A Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants of North America (with Roger Caras, 1995).
My goal is simply to explore the relationship between people and plants in words and images. My travels have taken me to every continent except Antarctica, mostly in search of medicinal plants to photograph from the Amazon rainforest to the highlands of Vietnam. In 1974, I began my career at the Herb Department of the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shaker Community, America's oldest herb business dating to 1799. It has been an extraordinary journey, and it is my pleasure to share my experience through my books.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 9 days ago by K
WARNING: There aren't color photos for everything (at least in this edition). Maybe there is in a newer version or the paperback, but the one advertised here only has color... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex
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... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roni Manasi
IF one wants to gather wild foods, this is a must to help clarify what to NEVER gather.Published 6 months ago by Marcy
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,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by c kelly