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This is a book about some of nature's most alluring and forbidding creatures, written by a man with an abiding passion for snakes, as well as for science, the fate of the planet, and the wonder of life. Harry Greene presents every facet of the natural history of snakes—their diversity, evolution, and conservation—and at the same time makes a personal statement of why these ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published April 30th 2000 by University of California Press (first published May 18th 1997)
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Todd Martin
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it
“Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature” is the combination of a glossy coffee table book coupled with detailed scientific text.

First of all, the photos are outstanding and easily the best part of the book. Care was taken to photograph snakes in their natural habitats and they definitely do justice to the beauty of these reptiles (as a bit of a caution, a few of the feeding photos are not for the squeamish). The photographers, Michael and Patricia Fogden, both have doctorates in zoology,
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1998 PEN Center USA Award Winner for Research Nonfiction
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Harry W. Greene is the Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University and the recipient of the E.O. Wilson Award from the American Society of Naturalists. His book Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature (UC Press), won the PEN Literary Award and was a New York Times Notable Book.