Snakes are creatures of mystery, arousing fear in many people but fascination in a few. Recent research has transformed our understanding of the behaviour and ecology of these animals, revealed their important roles in diverse ecosystems, and discovered new and effective ways to conserve their populations and promote coexistence between snakes and people. One of the leading contributors to that scientific revolution has been Prof Rick Shine. Based in Australia, whose snake fauna is diverse and often dangerous, his experiences and anecdotes will inspire a new generation of serpent scientists. Spellbinding stories highlight the challenges, frustrations, and joys of discovery, and give the reader a greater appreciation of these often-slandered slithering reptiles.
1. Boyhood and Adolescence
2. Serpents in the Sheep Paddock
3. Peering into the Love Lives of Blacksnakes
4. Long-Dead Snakes at the Museum
5. A Plethora of Pythons
6. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
7. Snakes in Need of a Defamation Lawyer
8. Rough Characters in the Billabong
9. Snakes, Rats, and Rainfall
10. Science on the Floodplain
11. Our Evolving Relationship with Serpents
Rick Shine has conducted pioneering research on the ecology and conservation of snakes. He has studied many types of snakes in many types of ecosystems and has revolutionized our understanding and appreciation of these mysterious creatures. His work has resulted in more than a thousand scientific publications and has attracted numerous national and international awards.