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The Private Life of Adders [Hardcover]

Rodger McPhail
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Book Description

10 May 2011
The common European adder (Vipera berus) is found throughout Europe and northern Asia. Despite its widespread distribution and its notoriety as one of Europe s few truly venomous snakes, very little is known about its private life. Rodger McPhail, the celebrated wildlife artist, has had a life-long fascination with adders. He has been observing and photographing them on his local moor in Lancashire for many years. His unique collection of photographs reveals adders as never before seen and his succinct text offers an insight into this fascinating reptile.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; First edition (10 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906122296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906122294
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author captures this serpent as never before...a thorough insight into the lives of these elusive creatures. --The Field magazine, Winter 2012

A book that should be on anyone s bookshelves.Thoroughly recommended. --Highland News, 19 May 2011

Rare photographs and informed text make for a captivating account. --Evergreen, Winter 2011

About the Author

Rodger McPhail was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire in 1953. He studied at Liverpool Art College in 1972. He is widely known as one of Britain s most outstanding living wildlife and sporting artists of our generation. His work is sought-after internationally.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Private Life of Adders 29 Jan 2012
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Your enjoyment of this book will depend upon what you're expecting from the book. The book is not particularily scientific but instead talks rather generally about adders, and it's worth noting that this book exclusively talks about Vipera Berus don't buy this book expecting information on any other species commonly known as "Adders" (E.g. Puff Adders).

This book is good and informative on the life of adders, it has many interesting photos of almost any behaviour of adders that you can think of which I think is a real strong point of this book. The downfall with this book for me was there was a lack of scientific research although this matters more to some people than others. The book is also quite short and could be read quite easily in one day. Despite these points I enjoyed the book for the photos and the brief information that it gave on the various subjects surrounding Adders (V.Berus).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 19 May 2012
By Steph
It was a very interesting book about Adders its full of good information about the specific snake. I was interested in Adders so I would recommend this book to someone that's interested in adders or would like to know more about them.
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By Matt H
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All the basics one should know about adders is here, (but i'm no adder expert) as well as interesting facts of the environment adders are found in. I've learned a lot from this book.
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