BIOGRAPHY OF A KING SNAKE by Burke Davis

BIOGRAPHY OF A KING SNAKE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

By the author of the popular Biography of a Leaf, this is uninflected and sluggish as life cycle texts go. Nevertheless, the king snake's eventful career as a hunter and fighter is a guaranteed attention holder; early on he eats a weaker brown snake (Michini shows the hapless victim engorged whole), and once the growing king is strong enough he escapes a hungry hawk, does battle with a rattler (kings are immune to rattlesnake venom) and fights a rival for a female king's affections. Simple but, needless to say, the subject is gripping.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1975
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Putnam