192 pages, colour photos, 48 colour illustrations
Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences is the ultimate guide to surviving in the natural world. Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences offers a unique look at how and where poisons and venoms naturally occur in reptiles, insects, and other creatures. From the plains of the Outback to the jungles of Madagascar, Dr. Mark Siddall arms you with the in-depth and valuable knowledge he has gleaned from his scientific jaunts around the world. In addition to his witty and lyrical take on these deadly creatures and curious occurrences, Siddall also discusses the various purposes poison has served throughout history. Seventy-five clever entries are organised in the following categories for the curious and concerned: things that sting, bite, one shouldn't touch, and one shouldn't eat. Each entry also features black-and-white illustrations hand-drawn by Megan Gavin.
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Mark Siddall is the Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. Siddall's research not only focuses on the evolution of leeches and their blood-feeding behaviour but also holds great potential for future evolution-based perspectives on disease intervention. He is the curator of the AMMH exhibit "Poison" opening in Fall 2013.