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Venomous Animals of the World [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Steve Backshall

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28 Nov 2007

Venomous creatures such as snakes and spiders are the stuff of human nightmares. Yet toxins are a regular part of the animal world, an essential tool for hunting and defense. A surprising variety of insects, reptiles, and amphibians use venom in their daily lives, either to subdue their prey or to prevent falling victim to another predator.

Precisely how many forms of wildlife are venomous is only now becoming clear. From the mighty King Cobra, which can reach over five meters in length, down to the diminutive but lethal Black Widow Spider, natural history expert Steve Backshall takes a fascinating look at more than 60 of the most venomous creatures across the world's continents. Exciting accounts of Backshall's personal encounters with some of nature's most dangerous animals help bring to life the world of natural venoms. He explains how different types of toxins work and highlights how some are used in medicine, including in the treatment of chronic disease in humans. A final chapter looks at the future for venomous wildlife and at why conservation measures are urgently required to ensure its continued survival.

The first book of its kind on this fascinating subject, Venomous Animals of the World is illustrated throughout with stunning color photographs.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (28 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801888336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801888335
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 25 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,160,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Visually stunning.

(Science News 1900-01-00)

Stunning color photographs... A first step in any conservation effort is to develop an awareness of and appreciation for all wild animals and plants... This book does just that.

(Whit Gibbons Tuscaloosa News 1900-01-00)

A welcome and recommended addition to school and community library Pets & Wildlife reference collections and Wildlife Studies supplemental reading lists.

(Midwest Book Review)

Recommended. General readers/libraries.

(Choice 1900-01-00)

Humans are often either irrationally fearful or fascinated by venomous animals. This book is for those who are fascinated.

(Wildlife Activist 1900-01-00)

Entertaining and informative... I recommend the book for midlevel students to adults, but younger readers will enjoy the colorful photo spreads.

(Science Books and Films 1900-01-00)

About the Author

Steve Backshall is a naturalist and adventurer with a fascination for all forms of wildlife. A trained biologist, Steve has a particular interest in the more unusual aspects of the animal world and has searched for animals across the globe for the BBC, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. In 2007 Steve appeared in the BBC's Operation Borneo series, exploring the landscapes and wildlife of a virtually unknown valley in the heart of Borneo. He is heavily involved with wildlife and conservation charities, and he has written guidebooks to some of the world's most exotic places.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every year people are attacked by animals whose bite carries poison that can cripple and kill. 3 Mar 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Every year people are attacked by animals whose bite carries poison that can cripple and kill. While these creatures (including snakes, spiders, marine life, mammals, amphibians, frogs, birds, and centipedes) are justifiably to be feared and respected, they can also be inherently fascinating for the beauty, their lifestyle, and their contributions to the ecosystems and habitats where they dwell. A coffee table style book that is impressively illustrated throughout with full color photography, "Venomous Animals Of The World" by naturalist, adventure, wildlife expert, and conservationist Steve Backshall provides the non-specialist general reader with a descriptive account of more than sixty animals whose toxins are the most lethal and evolved in response to the need to both attack and defend within the animal kingdom. Informed and informative, "Venomous Animals Of The World" offers such observations as poisons being classified ingested toxins while venoms are injected toxins; the pharmaceutical industry has been able to use animal toxins as the basis for many beneficial drugs; and so much more. With the cited animals being presented and organized according to being found in Europe, North American, Latin America, Africa, Australasia, and Asia, and enhanced with a concluding chapter on 'The Future for Venomous Wildlife', a bibliography for further study, appendices, and an index, "Venomous Animals Of The World" is a welcome and recommended addition to school and community library Pets & Wildlife reference collections and Wildlife Studies supplemental reading lists.
5.0 out of 5 stars venomous animales 22 Jun 2013
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great book recommend it to my students it is also a great reference book and Id book use it for my classes and reference
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