The snake's reputation has never recovered from its infamous beginnings in the Garden of Eden, when it tempted Adam and Eve to eat the apple. In reality, many snakes are beautiful in appearance, with scales forming mosaics of colors and patterns, and quite mysterious. This illustrated introduction provides detailed information about all species, from the harmless grass snake to the mighty anaconda. You'll find complete information on anatomy, methods of feeding, reproduction, behavior, and defense. Snakes' bodies have reached a high level of design economy, and they move incredibly swiftly despite the absence of limbs. Hindered solely by their inability to produce heat internally, these recently evolved reptiles have adapted to most environments. Even those that are relatively harmless can strike an imposing threat posture, with mouths agape as if to bite. Spectacular photographs and intricate line drawings reveal the full lifestyle of these fascinating creatures.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.