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Saving Snakes Snakes and the Evolution of a Field Naturalist

Biography / Memoir
By: Nicolette L Cagle(Author)
210 pages, no illustrations
Saving Snakes
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  • Saving Snakes ISBN: 9780813948829 Paperback Jan 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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Beautiful to behold and extremely sensitive to its environment, the snake is nonetheless stigmatized as a serpent, a creature that almost universally inspires fear. At a time when so many animals are endangered, who will speak up for the snake?

Snake populations are declining precipitously around the globe, but calls for their conservation are muted by fear and prejudice. Saving Snakes offers a new approach to understanding snakes and preserving their populations – an approach built on respect. Nicolette Cagle has traveled the world in search of snakes, from the midwest and southeastern U.S. to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Australia, and spent decades conducting natural science research on the patterns of snakes in regions where urban development encroaches upon the natural world. Her book offers a first-hand account of the strange and secretive lives of snakes, and reveals their devastating losses.

Beautifully and accessibly written, Saving Snakes entwines Cagle's personal narrative with deep scientific and historical research. Through the author's exploration of her evolution as a field naturalist, it provides a blueprint for developing a conservation consciousness among young people and paves the way for increased inclusivity in the male-dominated field of herpetology. While fundamentally a book about snakes, this is also the story of one woman's pursuit of her passion as she searches for, studies, and stands up for them.


1. An Acre of Snakes
2. Lessons from Wisconsin
3. Idols
4. Love and Loathing
5. La Suerte
6. Ometepe Dreams
7. Dissertation
8. Vulnerability
9. The Outback
10. Peru
11. gumby
12. The Next Generation
13. Words and Wisdom
14. The Mirror
15. Disaffected
16. A Jubo in Cuba
17. Hope for the Future


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Nicolette L. Cagle is a Senior Lecturer in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Biography / Memoir
By: Nicolette L Cagle(Author)
210 pages, no illustrations
Media reviews

"The writing is superb, often elegant – easy reading with a poetic flow, melding literary appeal with the beauty of nature. Anyone who appreciates the natural world and has a passion for the outdoors – from bird-watchers to hikers, from hunters to land managers, and especially anyone interested in herpetofauna – will find connections with Saving Snakes."
– J. Whitfield Gibbons, University of Georgia, author of Keeping All the Pieces: Perspectives on Natural History and the Environment

"This book could do for snakes what Silent Spring did for birds."
– David A. Steen, author of Secrets of Snakes: The Science beyond the Myths

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