Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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Did you know that some snakes lie in ambush for weeks waiting for their prey to come within striking distance?

You'd think it would be hard to survive in the wild without legs. But look at snakes! More than 2,500 different kinds of snakes slither and creep throughout the world. They live almost everywhere on Earth, except for the North and South Poles, and some isolated islands. Snakes come in only one shape, but they come in many patterns and sizes-from the two-inch long thread snakes that are as skinny as the lead in your pencil to the thirty-two foot reticulated python that is big enough to eat a pig or small child.

Kendahl Jan Jubb's lush and scientifically accurate illustrations capture these scaly predators as they hunt, hide, and reproduce. As far back as the Garden of Eden snakes have had the power to both fascinate and repel us. Their deadly simplicity is always compelling.


About Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post--Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has written more than one hundred books for young readers. She received a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dorothy lives in Missoula, Montana, a good place for someone who loves nature, with her husband. Kendahl Jan Jubb is a fine artist whose work is exhibited throughout the world. Her beautiful illustrations can also be found in the other books in this series with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Kendahl lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband.
Published October 1, 2000 by Walker & Company. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She explains how some snakes hide with camouflage and others “play dead.” Patent notes the damage snakes can do when introduced into new environments, for instance, the brown tree snake introduced into Guam that decimated much of the bird and bat population—but points out that most snakes are use...

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