Secrets of snakes : the science beyond the myths
Upplaga: First edition.
Förlag: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 978-1-62349-797-2 1-62349-797-3
Omfång: xvii, 164 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Harry W. Greene -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part I. Identifying snakes. The shape of a snake's head does not reveal the danger ; Are snakes with red on black truly a friend of Jack? ; What is the difference between a cottonmouth and a water moccasin? ; How can you tell a copperhead from a cottonmouth? ; Is this a black snake? ; Species profile: The ratsnakes ; Can you tell whether a snake is venomous by the way it swims? ; It is shaking its tail; is it a rattlesnake? ; Can you tell if a snake is venomous by the shape of its pupils? -- Part II. Snake myths and misconceptions. Are baby snakes more dangerous than adults? ; Do snakes travel in pairs? ; Is it a bad year for snakes? ; Can you fall into a nest of cottonmouths? ; Should you worry about stepping into a cottonmouth breeding ball? ; Species profile: Gophersnake, Pituophis catenifer ; Will a cottonmouth drop into my boat? ; Can a rattlesnake's rattle tell you how old the snake is? ; Cottonmouths north of Virginia? I don't think so ; Are snakes aggressive? ; Are rattlesnakes rattling less because of hogs? ; Will cottonmouths chase and bite you? -- Part III. Understanding snakes. How big do rattlesnakes get? ; Can snakes bite underwater? ; Is relocating a snake from my yard a death sentence? ; Why it doesn't make sense to kill snakes in your yard ; Species profile: Brownsnake, Storeria dekayi ; What's the most dangerous snake? ; Is this snake poisonous? ; Will it bite? ; What is a mating dance? ; Are snakes territorial? ; How can I keep snakes out of my yard? -- Closing remarks.