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Snakes and Reptiles The Scariest Cold-Blooded Creatures on Earth Unknown Binding – 2008


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Backpack Books (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1435107748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435107748
  • ASIN: B002U34N8U
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Fisher on November 28, 2010
Format: Unknown Binding
The artwork of the reptiles, snakes and other animals is very well-done. There is nice data about the animals on the pages. However, I agree with the review above: the people who wrote the in-depth stories and fictitious predatory details on the animals are certifiable ghouls. Way too many entries on people being attacked and suffering either gruesome injuries or horrible deaths. My personal "favorite" was the one on the American alligator - the look on the dog's face as it is grabbed from the path and dragged into the water by the beast in a bloody trail of death was really....er....eye-catching?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keke on March 26, 2013
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One of my students brought this book to my reptile education class. After looking up one of my animals in the book the children were, for the first time ever, apprehensive about meeting one of my reptiles. The animal? A Mata mata turtle which eats only fish and has no teeth. It physically cannot hurt anyone. Also included in the "scariest creatures on Earth" are the Pipa toad (again, no teeth) and the green Anole, a lizard no more than a few inches long that children love to catch. Why is this book promoting terror of creatures that in no way deserve it?

I whole-heartedly agree with the other reviewers that this book unjustly demonizes reptiles and amphibians using skewed facts, misleading illustrations (not real photos), and gruesome fabricated stories of animal attacks. The only good this I can say about this book is that it will make an excellent talking point for my anti-bullying demonstration using the same reptiles it demeans within it's pages.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William K. Hayes on March 11, 2010
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This book is full of grossly exaggerated and frequently incorrect information, including graphic details of bloody and gory incidents. It will undoubtedly inspire an inappropriate fear in ordinary children of creatures that should be admired and respected. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.

Here is an example of the nauseating story-telling: "Racked with pain as the terrible venom eats away at his flesh, the fisherman casts off. As he drifts out to sea he cuts the bite wounds and tries to suck out the venom, but soon collapses into unconsciousness. He bleeds to death long before anyone spots his boat, and is found sprawled in a pool of his own blood." This fictitious incident involving a Fer-de-lance snake is the stuff of children's nightmares. In reality, the Fer-de-lance is a reclusive creature that plays an important role in its natural environment, and we can learn much good by studying it rather than abhorring it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Sanchez on March 26, 2012
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Seems like they had a hand in it with all the hyped up non-sense this book portrays. Its a good way to fuel the already rampant fear and misunderstanding of these creatures as it is. Don't buy this for your kids, get them the Peterson field guide. Plenty of pictures, and actual FACTS. Not mumbo jumbo about back breaking monitors or man eating snakes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By katkatkat on December 21, 2011
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... unless you can somehow figure out how to turn it into a drinking game or something. Seriously, this book is Ridiculous: gratuitous carnage, partial-truths and misinformation, and illustrations that look like reptile caricatures from a Littlest Pet Shop nightmare.

As a zoo educator, I found this book appalling to say the least, and implore you to consider a different purchase! The claim that "it's no different than any other fictitious story books with an interesting plot," is completely off as, unlike any other fictitious story book, this one is presented as fact... c'mon, snakes have a bad enough rap as it is without inaccurate, sensationalized kids books like this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jumpsnake on March 24, 2012
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Poorly researched and fear mongering. Buy a field guide of reprimes and leave this book alone. Snakes are defensive and not aggressive.,Reptiles should be respected not feared:
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I'm torn, because even though this book sets out to terrify people of reptiles and snakes, the illustrations are hilarious! Definitely not a kids' book. The descriptions are more like summaries from cheap horror flicks. I bought this book simply for the comedic value. It's quite entertaining.
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