Pp. 222; 156 illustrations (73 color photos and 83 black and white photos and fine line-drawings). Publisher's original green cloth, lettered in white on the spine and with a blind-stamped inset of a white snake on the front cover, color pictorial endpapers, color pictorial dust jacket (illustrating the Kanburi pit-viper on front and Bush viper on rear), in the original gray card-cover slipcase, 4to. This is the first edition in English. The first edition in German was published in Leipzig, Germany in 1981. This volume describes snake evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, diversity and systematic classification. Special coverage is given to coloration, locomotion, sense organs, venoms, diet and feeding, courtship, mating, brood care, adaptation, history and lore. No ownership marks and no signs of use.
Descrizione libro New York: Exeter Books, 1982. Condizione libro: Sehr gut. 221 S. mit sehr zahlr. Abb., Archiv-Ex. VEB Edition Leipzig, sehr gutes Ex. - 156 Illustrations, 73 in Colour. - Preface - The White Snake - Introduction - How Do Snakes Move? The potentialities of limbless locomotion Skeletal system and musculature Heat balance and activity - How Snakes Feed - Snakes swallow their prey whole - The dietary range - The snake's distensible mouth - Specialisation in the dentition of snakes - Special features of the respiratory organs - The sense organs - Catching and killing prey - Venomous snakes and snake venoms - Nutritional requirements and digestion - The Fall - Eve and the Serpent - The Feathered Serpent - The Courtship and Mating of Snakes The pairing of the sexes Sexual dimorphism Courtship display and mating Oviparous and viviparous snakes Brood care The ritualistic combats of male snakes - On the Growth of Snakes The largest and the smallest snakes Snake-skin and skin shedding Colouration and colour variation - On the Origin of Snakes The ancestors of snakes - The lineage of rattlesnakes The Snake Fauna of the Earth The diversity of the boid snakes The continents and their snakes The classification of snakes Snake Charmers and Fakirs The Snake in Criminology Snake Dancers in Circus and Cabaret Hercules, the Slayer of Serpents Snakes on Postage Stamps Snakes in Their Environment - Biotopes and adaptive phenomena Cryptic colouration and warning behaviour - Snakes' enemies and the protection of snakes - The Snake of Aesculapius House Snake and Snake King Snake, a Culinary Speciality The Snake in Science - On the history of ophidian research Snake catching and snake trading Snake bites and their treatment Snakes in the terrarium The Viper's Crown The Snake's Son and the Coconut-palm - Appendix - Bibliography - Sources of Illustrations - Acknowledgements - List of scientific names of snakes - List of popular names of snakes. - Scarcely any other group of animals arouses in us such conflicting emotions as do snakes. Many people are fascinated by their elegant beauty and their secretive way of life, while others fear and loathe them. Snakes have always played an important part in our heritage of popular legends and folktales, in myth and religious ritual. They are looked upon as symbols of wisdom or of evil, revered as deities or ruthlessly hunted down. But what are snakes really like? Feelings of distaste stem largely from a lack of knowledge about these predominantly harmless creatures. Modern methods of investigation have substantially extended the store of information available on snakes. If we consider them objectively, we soon realize that, in biological terms, snakes are extremely interesting animals. With more than 2,500 species, they have not only succeeded in colonizing almost all regions of the earth, but at the same time have come to terms with the most varied of environmental conditions. Today, for example, we recognize some 700 species with an area of distribution stretching from the Arctic Circle to beyond 40° latitude south. Within this area, snakes inhabit the most diverse of ecological regions, to which they have adapted by means of a wide variety of special anatomical and physiological features. SNAKES: Biology, Behavior and Relationship to Man introduces the most important and interesting representatives of this vast group of animals. A fully illustrated text describes their evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, diversity and systematic classification. Special sections discuss matters such as the history of snake catching and snake trading, snake bites and treatments, snake charmers and historical lore, including such legends as the Serpent of Eden, and the Feathered Serpent. ISBN 0896731103 Wir versenden am Tag der Bestellung von Montag bis Freitag. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1550 gebundene Ausgabe mit illustr. Umschl., im Schuber. Codice libro della libreria 913937
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