SNAKES by Nina Leen


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Debunking some common myths and commenting briefly on such separate topics as snakes' senses, habitat, locomotion, and defense, Leen's slight but serviceable text is accompanied by close-up black-and-white photos and photo-sequences which, though occasionally unclear, will be the main attraction here. Before our eyes a king snake crosses a horizontal vine in his own high-wire act, a corn snake emerges from its egg, a Western shovel-nose disappears into the sand, a rat snake sheds its skin, a cobra spits poison across the page, while other sequences show a California king snake killing and swallowing a rattler and an African egg eater engulfing an egg twice its thickness. Snake exhibits always draw crowds, and here are some performances you're unlikely to catch at the zoo.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1978
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston