Tales of Giant Snakes, which was mentioned in The New York Times and Smithsonian magazine, examines the natural history of four species of snakes known to exceed 20 feet in length. Based on the writings of explorers, missionaries, scientists, and adventurers over the past 200 years, the authors have
pieced together exciting and informative glimpses into the lives of these legless giants. Included are chapters on where they are found (often around human habitations), what they eat (includes crocodiles, deer, and cows), how big do they really get (a controversial subject), attacks on humans (rare), exploitation by humans for their skins, and conservation. The book is illustrated with photos, historical lithographs, maps, and graphs.
"… a wonderful assortment of accounts of snake encounters...the two species are revealed with clinical precision and adventurous, spirited humor, but not in a way intended for the squeamish." -- Publishers Weekly, June 1997.
"They make clear that large snakes are interesting in a zoo but
awesome in their native environment. Highly recommended for general collections." -- Frank Reiser, Library Journal, September 1997.
"Every so often a book appears on the market which falls under the category of must have herpetological reference. This one fits the bill..." -- The Vivarium, Volume 9, Number 1.
"The writing is clear, thorough, and informing. A good read, a fine source, and an education in herpetology." -- D. Bardack, University of
Illinois at Chicago, Choice, March 1998.)