Living with Snakes and Other Reptiles

Paperback - September 2011 - AU $29.95

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Explains how to deal with these much-maligned creatures in a smart and risk-free manner.

Can you tell if a snake is venomous by its colour?
What is the real chance of being bitten by a snake?
Can you really die in 30 seconds? + Full description

Many of us have an instinctive fear of snakes and other reptiles. Over the last 200 years, we have built up a strong negative image of them, especially snakes. It is an image that has been reinforced by many fallacies and misconceptions.

Living with Snakes and Other Reptiles provides a layperson’s account of why these creatures behave the way they do and what makes people get into trouble. The book sheds new light on snakes, lizards and crocodiles, helps you to identify them and dispels some common myths and fallacies. In revealing the fascinating world of reptiles, the book provides the reader with the knowledge to better cope with them at home and in the workplace.

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Can you tell if a snake is venomous by its colour?
What is the real chance of being bitten by a snake?
Can you really die in 30 seconds?
Ever put out a saucer of milk for a snake?

Living with Snakes and Other Reptiles provides a layperson’s account of why these creatures behave the way they do and what makes people get into trouble. The book sheds new light on snakes, lizards and crocodiles, helps you to identify them and dispels some common myths and fallacies. In revealing the fascinating world of reptiles, the book provides the reader with the knowledge to better cope with them at home and in the workplace.

This title has been reprinted to reflect the current emergency call services phone numbers in Australia. Here are the relevant updated pages of the book.

Listen to an interview with author Simon Watharow and other snake experts on Bush Telegraph.

Reviews

"What is particularly appealing about the book is the great photographic collection of Australian snakes and reptiles in their natural habitat. Every page includes at least one image labelled with useful details such as name, colourings, size and active state to assist identification."
Susan Hollindale, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland, pp. 13, July 2012

"If you want to know the best way to avoid or manage unwanted interactions with snakes, this is the book for you."
Nick Clemann, The Victorian Naturalist, Vol 129 (1), Febraury 2012

"Watharow's new book is a lively combination of field guide, scientific information, and good snake stories."
Nick Goldie, Cooma-Monaro Express, January 5 2012

Details

Paperback | September 2011 | $ 29.95
ISBN: 9780643097216 | 160 pages | 210 x 148 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs ePDF | ISBN: 9780643097223
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
September 2011 | Available from eRetailers ePUB | ISBN: 9780643103818
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
September 2011 | Available from eRetailers

Features

  • Photos and brief descriptions of the most common problem snakes.
  • Shows how to sensibly deal with problem snakes and other reptiles.
  • Removes fear and provides a better understanding of snakes in general.
  • Gives details on how and when to get help.

Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction
2 Snakes in history
3 Why do we fear snakes?
4 What are snakes?
5 Living with snakes
6 Snakes around the house
7 Living with lizards
8 Living with crocodiles
9 Living with Cane Toads
10 Handling a snake visit
11 Dealing with snakebite
Appendix
Glossary
Useful contacts
Index

Authors

Simon Watharow has been a professional herpetologist for 15 years and has written more than 20 research papers on reptiles. He has a specific interest in the ecology of Australian snakes, including their diets, reproduction and their behaviour around residences. He has travelled extensively around Australia working with snakes and other reptiles and has lectured on methods of snake control and public safety to government rangers, wildlife rescue groups and community groups. He is well known for his training programmes on snake awareness and reptile control, and has appeared regularly on television and in print media.