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America's snake : the rise and fall of the timber rattlesnake / Ted Levin ; illustrations by Alexandra Westrich.

Levin, Ted, 1948- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 597.96 LEVIN (Text) 33946003131146 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -
Jefferson County Public Library - Madison 597.9638 LEV (Text) 39391006754012 Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780226040646
  • ISBN: 022604064X
  • Physical Description: xxvi, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago ; The University of Chicago Press, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-464) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: My life with timber rattlesnakes -- How cool is this: an introduction to timber rattlesnakes -- Egress: the dangers of leaving home -- A quirky subculture -- Quasimodo in the Blue Hills -- Live free or die -- Zero at the bone -- A long, muscular tube -- Interlude: high summer -- The dangers of being male -- The dangers of being female -- A commodity of rattlesnakes -- Ingress: the dangers of coming home -- Chaos of rocks -- Among rattlesnakes -- Into the abyss -- The last rattlesnake -- Epilogue: the ambiguous world of the timber rattlesnake.
Summary, etc.: "There's no sound quite like it, or as viscerally terrifying: the ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake. It's a chilling shorthand for imminent danger, and a reminder of the countless ways that nature can suddenly snuff us out. Yet most of us have never seen a timber rattler. Though they're found in thirty-one states, and near many major cities, in contemporary America timber rattlesnakes are creatures mostly of imagination and innate fear. Ted Levin aims to change that with America's Snake, a portrait of the timber rattlesnake, its place in America's pantheon of creatures and in our own frontier history -- and of the heroic efforts to protect it against habitat loss, climate change, and the human tendency to kill what we fear. Taking us from labs where the secrets of the snake's evolutionary history are being unlocked to far-flung habitats whose locations are fiercely protected by biologists and dedicated amateur herpetologists alike, Levin paints a picture of a fascinating creature: peaceable, social, long-lived, and, despite our phobias, not inclined to bite. The timber rattler emerges here as emblematic of America and also, unfortunately, of the complicated, painful struggles involved in protecting and preserving the natural world. A wonderful mix of natural history, travel writing, and exemplary journalism, America's Snake is loaded with remarkable characters --none more so than the snake at its heart: frightening, perhaps; endangered, certainly; and unquestionably unforgettable." -- Amazon.com.
Subject: Timber rattlesnake.
Snakes > United States.

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