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Scientific truth meets island folklore as Hans Boos provides greater than sixty species of snakes present in the twin-island self reliant Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago. The fruits of thirty years of amassing and staring at the snakes of those islands, The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago engagingly informs readers approximately those usually feared and misunderstood creatures.

Tracing the contributions of scientists to the evolving taxonomy of the islands' reptiles, Boos describes each one exact species of snake came across at the islands, together with neighborhood names from centuries again. Species debts come entire with tales—both documented and apocryphal—of human encounters with the extra harmful island snakes. Forty-eight colour photos and fifty black-and-white photos and items of line paintings, so much by means of the writer, illustrate the textual content and reduction in identification.

While tiny Tobago is mercifully with out toxic snakes, Trinidad hosts 4 venomous species, together with coral snakes and the infamous bushmaster. Boos refutes some of the myths approximately those lethal yet often nonaggressive snakes with information regarding their behavior and behaviour. He additionally writes concerning the tremendous anaconda and the boa constrictor, approximately which many half-truths and fictions abound.

All snakes chew, yet just a couple of species are venomous. Boos offers information regarding what to do—and what to not do—in the development of a chunk and discusses interesting people drugs treatments, corresponding to the Belgian Black Stone, absolute to paintings provided that a chunk was once innocuous to start with.

The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago will locate an enthusiastic viewers between herpetologists, ecologists, and different scientists considering the snakes and flora and fauna of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and South the USA. it's going to additionally attract basic readers drawn to snakes and in Caribbean folklore.

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