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Venomous Snakes of the World Reprint Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a large book with more than 150 quality full-color photographs, some of which may frighten the serpent-phobic."--Alvin Hutchinson, Library Journal

"Poisonous snakes have been part of human legends - and nightmares - since the beginning of time. O'Shea, a reptile expert and television host, brings to life the world of serpents from around the world [with] hundreds of stunning, often rare, photographs."--The Globe & Mail

"[D]azzling, a photographic journey among the scaly and the lethal."--Anneli Rufus, East Bay Express

"If you want a world of information on venomous snakes then look no further than Venomous Snakes of the World. I promise you that you will find the text entertaining and the photos unforgettable."--The Flying Mullet

About the Author

Mark O'Shea, curator of reptiles at West Midland Safari Park (U.K.), has participated in more than sixty fieldwork and filming exhibitions, traveling to every continent except Antarctica.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (April 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780691150239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150239
  • ASIN: 0691150230
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Abhishek Prasad on November 1, 2005
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Overall, this is a pretty good book. The photographs are what make it great. The text is informative, though not very techincal, so if you are looking for a more in-depth book, this may not be what you are looking for. However, for the price it is well worth it.
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Got this book for my 5 year old son because he loves snakes and he is obsessed with it! He sits for 30 - 40 minutes at a time carefully going through the book and looking at all the photos.
I was concerned there may not be enough full color photos of the snakes but there are tons of great pictures.
If you are getting this for a child one word of caution. Towards the beginning of the book there are a few photos of reactions to snake bites that are pretty graphic. My son was ok with it but I wasn't expecting that.
Other than that if you have a snake lover in the family this is a great choice!
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This book has some really good photos, but is more of a travelogue than a good source of information on venomous snakes. A fun read with pretty pictures. Look elsewhere for in-depth information.
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Pictures are superb albeit on the small side but insightful information with some very interesting facts that have thus far been largely either unknown or unclear. Very happy with the 2011 updated info with this edition. Actually bought it for my 4+ year-old who's fascinated by snakes and we both enjoy the book. If you love learning about snakes and are fascinated by these amazing creatures, I urge you to buy the book. Worth the money !
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Purchased as a gift for my nephew and he was thrilled when he received this book. The photos are beautiful (as beautiful as snakes can be) and the information is educational and kept him interested. He is 12 and wants to be a venomoligist so this was a perfect gift for a young man.
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When our son (10) said that he wanted to study snakes I did some research on which book to purchase. Decided on this one and have not been disappointed. Well written with photographic illustrations. Each snake has the Latin name included, a paragraph unique to each snake & then the following information:

Range
Max. length
Venom
Habitat
Prey
Reproduction
Similar Species

Highly recommended.
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Again, husband requested this book for Christmas. He had handled venomous snakes for over 25 yrs at the Knoxville zoo.
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