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Secret Snakes and Serpent Surprises

By: Karl PN Shuker(Author)
415 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations
Secret Snakes and Serpent Surprises
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  • Secret Snakes and Serpent Surprises ISBN: 9781616465209 Paperback Apr 2022 Out of stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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Few creatures divide human opinion so diametrically regarding their perceived benevolence, or malevolence, as do snakes – the eternally-cursed serpent kind according to Christianity, the most divine and blessèd of reptiles according to Hinduism, vilified and venerated, sanctified and demonised, passively protected, actively annihilated, often overlooked, but never deemed not worthy of notice if or when encountered. This is especially true, moreover, when investigating whether our world may contain extraordinary snake forms still undescribed by science and also whether snakes can exhibit bizarre behaviour presently deemed scientifically impossible.

This uniquely engrossing book provides the most extensive survey of secret snakes and serpent surprises ever published, in which leading cryptozoologist Dr Karl Shuker examines such varied envenomed and constricting controversies as Africa's crowing crested cobra, mystery snakes of the Mediterranean lands, the Mongolian death worm, North America's boss snakes, and Parker's serpentine slayer from Papua, plus St John's viper, the Virgin Mary snakes, and the pre-cursed Eden serpent, Kipling's Karait and Sherlock Holmes's Speckled Band, gargantuan anacondas with horns and the tiny but terrifying pichu-cuate, hairy snakes and feathered serpents, Glycon the talking horse-headed ophidian deity of ancient Rome and venerated king cobras, not to mention vast serpent kings and venom-quelling snake-stones, serpents that shriek, jump, fly, and hypnotise their prey, and much more too.

So prepare to be fascinated – but only in the most harmless, non-lethal manner! – by the ophidian offerings revealed here. However, it may be best not to stare too long into the eyes of any of the limbless ones portrayed in this book's comprehensive collection of illustrations, just in case.

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Dr Karl P.N. Shuker BSc PhD FRES FZS is a zoologist who is internationally recognised as a world expert in cryptozoology, as well as in animal mythology and allied subjects relating to wildlife anomalies and inexplicabilia.

By: Karl PN Shuker(Author)
415 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations
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