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The Book of Snakes: A life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world

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Facts on habitat and anatomy, as well as oddities such as why snakes have scales and why chameleons change colour. Science journalist Sally Adee breaks open the field of bioelectricity—the electric currents that run through our bodies and every living thing—its misunderstood history, and why new discoveries will lead to new ways around antibiotic resistance, cleared arteries, and new ways to combat cancer. Yet, for as many meanings as we attribute to snakes—from fertility and birth to sin and death—the real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders. Yet, for as many meanings as we attribute to snakes-from fertility and birth to sin and death-the real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders.

The remaining 143 species represent species to be excluded from Singapore’s herpetofauna species checklist. Even though this book only covers 600 species of snakes (and I know there are a lot more species out there), but the information provided is really good.

I learnt much from the text, and appreciated seeing many beautiful images of snake species I had not seen before. It is the first book on these creatures that combines a broad, worldwide sample with full-colour, life-size accounts. Embark on a fun, fact-filled dive into the world of snakes with Everything You Need to Know About Snakes.

All snake species found are unprotected, with low-risk IUCN status, and have not been included in the CITES appendix. Illustrated throughout with fabulous wildlife photographs and illustrations which show a reptile’s view of the world, this is an ideal reference for 8-12 year olds. Snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica and have evolved to occupy a vast range of habitats, from mountains to oceans and deserts to rain forests. Each of the species featured has a page devoted to it, with a map showing its location, information on its habits, plus color photographs of the snake itself.Testing the working hypothesis that bands and red are protective against snake predators via their association with ophiophagy, as ophiophagous snakes are at higher risk, I find that the consumption of elongate vertebrates predicts band and red coloration with a very high level of confidence: red and bands are probably defensive against snake predators. Defence against ophidian predators may be an unexpected natural selection shaping the appearance and behaviours of many snakes. Most of the really familiar and important species are covered, and if a particular well-known species doesn't get a profile to itself, it is usually mentioned in the 'Related Species' section for a snake of the same genus.

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