Few reptiles command more respect than the mighty boas and
pythons. Prized for their size, relative docility, and spectacular
coloration and patterning, they are the most dramatic snakes in the
world. But the same snakes that many consider gentle giants--the
Green Anaconda can exceed twelve yards in length--are also finely
tuned killing machines. In "Boas and Pythons of the World,"
renowned snake expert Mark O'Shea takes readers on an exciting
continent-by-continent journey to look at these snakes in their
native habitats. Stunning color photographs and intriguing stories
from O'Shea's encounters with these snakes in the wild bring these
reptiles to life.
There is a tremendous variety of boas and pythons. While the
largest are measured in yards, the smallest, the Javelin Sand Boa,
is no longer than thirty-two inches. And they inhabit a vast range
of habitats on five continents, from stony desert to lush tropical
forest. In more than one hundred detailed species accounts, "Boas
and Pythons of the World" examines snakes as different as the
cryptically patterned Madagascan Ground Boa and Australasia's
beautiful Green Tree Python.
Although some of these snakes are capable of attacking and
killing humans, boas and pythons are much more likely to be man's
victims. Across the world, these snakes are retreating in the face
of habitat destruction, hunting, and climate change. Addressing the
dire risks they face, O'Shea discusses what can be done to help
save what are among our most fascinating reptiles. Snake expert
Mark O'Shea's tour of the fascinating world of boas, pythons, and
basal snakes--from primitive blindsnakes to the mighty anaconda
Dramatic accounts of O'Shea's personal encounters with these great
snakes in their natural habitats--on five continents Detailed
information about the snakes' habitats and behaviors Over 150
superb color photographs that capture the diverse beauty of more
than 100 species, including rarely seen and endangered species Two
world maps showing the distribution of the various families of
boas, pythons, and basal snakes
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