160 pages, 200 colour photos
TV presenter Steve Backshall needs no introduction following his performances on TV series such as Deadly 60 and Lost Land of... This is a reformatted, redesigned edition of a popular title. Poison is an everyday part of the animal world, and an essential tool for hunting and defence. A wide variety of insects, reptiles and amphibians use toxins to subdue their prey or to stop becoming prey to another predator. Even some mammals and birds resort to poison as a means of securing a meal or deterring attack!
From species such as the King Cobra, Lionfish, Fat-tail Scorpion and Poison Dart-frog to the diminutive but lethal Black Widow Spider, the author takes a fascinating look at the different types of natural venoms. On a tour of the world's continents, he looks at over 60 of the most venomous creatures, describing their main characteristics and explaining how they administer their venom and what its effects are. Stunning colour photographs and exciting accounts of Steve's own encounters with some of these animals bring the world of natural venom alive.
Steve Backshall's Most Poisonous Creatures is suitable for fans and viewers of Steve Backshall's TV shows. His relaxed but informative style makes Steve Backshall's Most Poisonous Creatures highly accessible to a broad audience. It is useful for all those interested in snakes, spiders, reptiles and other venomous creatures, as well as experienced naturalists and interested amateurs alike.
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A presenter on BBC TV's Deadly 60, Lost Land of... series and Really Wild Show, experienced naturalist Steve Backshall has studied venomous animals for many years and has travelled extensively across the world to see them in action in their natural habitat. He has also written the bestselling Deadly 60 and Wildlife Adventurer's Guide for New Holland. He lives in Wooburn, Buckinghamshire.