Drake Stutesman Snake (Animal Series)

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Snake (Animal Series)

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The snake's primordial system, functioning for well over one hundred million years, is a marvel of genetic engineering. The snake smells with its tongue, hears with its flesh, and propels itself by a locomotion of rippling muscles. It sheds its skin, has a detachable tail, and mimics death if afraid. It copulates for days with one snake or fifty at once, and can even clone itself. With all these qualities it is easy to see why no other creature has inspired such contradictory emotions or diverse symbolism. Snakes are celebrated in names, tattoos, emblems, tales, mementos, and for their medical benefits in cultures throughout the world. Yet at the same time they are so universally feared that they endure intense persecution and, unlike other hunted animals, rarely enjoy protected rights. Virtually as long as humans have walked the earth, snakes have been worshipped, reviled, prized, totemized, tortured and collected, and invested with meanings ranging from resurrection, wisdom and divine female omniscience to world destruction, duplicity and male castration. "Snake" explores the animal's natural history, and the widespread snake symbolism, from Eve's serpent in the Bible, to Kaa in "The Jungle Book"; from the Chinese zodiac to Indian snake charmers and the Hollywood film "Anaconda". Including many illustrations and a wide range of material, from snake cooking and the use of venom in medicine, to the history of snake symbolism in art, architecture and clothing, this book will interest snake enthusiasts and specialists, as well as all those who love, admire or fear this remarkable and durable animal.

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"Reaktion's series of 'Animal' books . . . is forming a large and fascinating library of arcane knowledge about various species' physiology and, more, about the cultural significance they've accrued since humans first joined them on this planet, 15,000 odd years ago. Skipping from the Sumerians to The Simpsons, Stutesman demonstrates what we've also most venerated and feared about snakes."--The Independent on Sunday

"Reaktion's series of  'Animal' books . . . is forming a large and fascinating library of arcane knowledge about various species' physiology and, more, about the cultural significance they've accrued since humans first joined them on this planet, 15,000 odd years ago. Skipping from the Sumerians to The Simpsons, Stutesman demonstrates what we've also most venerated and feared about snakes."--The Independent on Sunday

"Reaktion''s series of ''Animal'' books . . . is forming a large and fascinating library of arcane knowledge about various species'' physiology and, more, about the cultural significance they''ve accrued since humans first joined them on this planet, 15,000 odd years ago. Skipping from the Sumerians to The Simpsons, Stutesman demonstrates what we''ve also most venerated and feared about snakes."--The Independent on Sunday

"A lively and lovely series. . . . This delightful series gives us animals as both alien and familiar. . . . An exhilarating, often astonishing and sometimes moving series of monographs."--Martin Levin"Globe and Mail" (05/04/2006)

"A cornucopia of facts both trivial and important. . . . It is genuinely interesting."--Bruce Elder"Sydney Morning Herald" (02/25/2006)

"The illustrations are superb. . . . Books like this prompt you to collect your favourite facts as you read."--Tim Dee"Times Literary Supplement" (07/28/2006)

About the Author:

Drake Stutesman is a freelance writer and lives in New York City. She is editor of Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.

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