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Venomous Snakes of the World [Paperback]

Mark O'Shea
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20 Feb 2008
Mark O'Shea has combined expertly written, in-depth descriptions of the world's most common and most exotic venomous snakes with a gripping account of his adventures with snakes, including some serious several snakebite episodes, that have taken place all over the world. From the few European venomous snakes, such as the Adder, to Rattlesnakes, Cobras, Taipans, Mambas and Seasnakes that inhabit other countries, all the major snake species are covered. There are also chapters that explain venomous snake evolution, types of venom, the effects of venom, and discuss the problems with snake conservation.No matter how fearsome these creatures might appear, they all play a vital part in the natural world as both predators and prey.Illustrated throughout with spectacular photographs, many of them the author's own, this book celebrates the diversity and beauty of snakes worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (20 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847730868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847730862
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 24.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a large book with more than 150 quality full-color photographs, some of which may frighten the serpent-phobic."--Alvin Hutchinson, Library Journal

"Poisonous snakes have been part of human legends - and nightmares - since the beginning of time. O'Shea, a reptile expert and television host, brings to life the world of serpents from around the world [with] hundreds of stunning, often rare, photographs."--The Globe & Mail

"[D]azzling, a photographic journey among the scaly and the lethal."--Anneli Rufus, East Bay Express

"If you want a world of information on venomous snakes then look no further than Venomous Snakes of the World. I promise you that you will find the text entertaining and the photos unforgettable."--The Flying Mullet --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mark O'Shea is best known in the UK for his 13-part Channel 4 series 'Mark O'Shea's Dangerous Reptiles', and known throughout the world for his natural history adventure films on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. His previous books include DK's Handbook to Reptiles and Amphibians.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 19 Jan 2009
Definitely one of the best books on the subject I have ever read.

From the opening Chapter detailing the content and effects of snake venoms, to the subsesequent sections providing fantastic (beautiful quality) photos and valuable information of an incredible range of venemous snakes.

In addition to the factual content, there are a lot of Mark's personal anecdotes and experiences, including the effects of numerous bites which provide even more valuable information.

If there is a better book on the subject out there, I have yet to find it - go for the hardback if possible - the prices on this site are ridiculously cheap for a reference book of this unsurpased quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heptologist's Book of Snakes 8 July 2010
By Robin C
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An excellent book showing the poisonous snakes of the world. The book is very well written about these fascinating reptiles, and gives very detailed accounts of where and what habitat they live in. For those people (myself included) who collect venom a useful tome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Oct 2008
This book is excellent - it shows every venomous snake in the world with breath-taking images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb book 3 Jun 2013
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for anyone interested in snakes this is a must have book.contains over 180 fantastic pictures.Mark Oshea describes their habitats how they hunt and also of his own encounters with venomous snakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present. 27 Feb 2013
By Soupy
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My husband has always enjoyed Mark O'Shea's work and was delighted with this book. He feels this booked is pitched just right for anyone who has an interest in snakes and the format of the book is unusual, therefore adding to the interest.
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