Download e-book for kindle: America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake by Ted Levin

By Ted Levin

ISBN-10: 022604064X

ISBN-13: 9780226040646

There’s no sound really love it, or as viscerally terrifying: the ominous rattle of the trees rattlesnake. It’s a chilling shorthand for coming near near probability, and a reminder of the numerous ways in which nature can unexpectedly snuff us out.

 

Yet such a lot folks have by no means obvious a trees rattler. although they’re present in thirty-one states, and close to many significant towns, in modern the United States bushes rattlesnakes are creatures more often than not of mind's eye and innate fear.

 

Ted Levin goals to alter that with America’s Snake, a portrait of the trees rattlesnake, its position in America’s pantheon of creatures and in our personal frontier history—and of the heroic efforts to guard it opposed to habitat loss, weather swap, and the human tendency to kill what we worry. Taking us from labs the place the secrets and techniques of the snake’s evolutionary heritage are being unlocked to far-flung habitats whose destinations are fiercely safe through biologists and committed novice herpetologists alike, Levin paints an image of a desirable creature: peaceful, social, long-lived, and, regardless of our phobias, now not vulnerable to chew. The bushes rattler emerges right here as emblematic of the United States and likewise, regrettably, of the complex, painful struggles fascinated by maintaining and keeping the ordinary world.

 

A very good mixture of usual heritage, go back and forth writing, and exemplary journalism, America’s Snake is loaded with amazing characters—none extra so than the snake at its center: scary, might be; endangered, definitely; and definitely unforgettable.

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