Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist traces the author's journey from a childhood fascination with snakes, through academic flirtation, to professional association with some of the world's greatest herpetologists. It leads the reader through desert, swamp, jungle, and lab to reveal the strange world of these cryptic creatures and the often stranger fraternity that pursues them.
Both celebrating and sending up the science and philosophy surrounding what surely seems insane to some, Snakebit offers a headlong, fun-for-all read packed with personalities, history, geography, culture, and an eclectic mix of locales. Along the way, the reader is served a generous helping of saccharine-free science, from modern evolutionary theory to unisexuality and biodiversity, seasoned with more than a dash of humour.
Leslie Anthony. 292 pages. 2009. Hardcover. ISBN - 9781553652366