Adventures in Green Python Country is the intriguing scientific adventure story of herpetologist Karl-Heinz Switak and his search for the elusive Chondropython viridis, one of the world's most sought after snakes. It is found primarily on the mysterious and beautiful island of New Guinea, where it thrives from sea level to fog-enshrouded mountaintops. Not only does Switak handle many deadly and venomous serpents with his bare hands, he is also in some of the least traveled, most pristine jungle in the world, in the dark, steamy heart of Papua, well-known for the cannibalism practiced by some if its primitive tribes.
Sons of a missionary family of the island, Brian and Bruce Rose, accompany Switak on his many precarious safaris into unknown territory in search of green tree pythons, where they face not only some of the planet's most diverse and treacherous landscapes, but also the constant threat that they may become breakfast for some of the natives. Switak manages not only to engage the reader with his personal encounters involving people around the world, but he also gives us an educational and compelling account of the green tree python and contemporary science.
His stunning photographs and well-placed humour combine to make this one of the most exciting adventure stories ever.
Karl-Heinz Switak. 364 pages. 2006. Softcover. ISBN - 9783937285825