Tales of Giant Snakes: A Historical Natural History of Anacondas and Pythons, which has received mention in The New York Times and Smithsonian magazine, examines the natural history of four species of snakes known to exceed 20 feet in length - Common Anaconda, Indian Python, Reticulated Python and African Python. 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, exploitation by humans for their skins and finally, conservation. The book is illustrated with photos, historical lithographs, maps and graphs.
John C. Murphy and Robert W. Henderson. 221 pages. 1997. Hardcover. ISBN - 9780894649950