Snakes! Strange and Wonderful
Can you climb a tree without using arms or legs? Can you smell odors by wiggling your tongue in the air? Snakes can! Beginning with these simple ... Show synopsis Can you climb a tree without using arms or legs? Can you smell odors by wiggling your tongue in the air? Snakes can! Beginning with these simple questions, award-winning author Laurence Pringle invites readers to explore the remarkable abilities and lives of snakes. Snakes are legless reptiles, but thanks to their powerful muscles and hundreds of rib bones they can coil, creep, climb, and swim. Some can even glide through the air. Snakes can't see or hear very well, yet they find and kill prey. Sometimes a snake catches an animal that is much wider than its head. Its jaws open wide...Wider...WIDER--and swallow the animal whole. The biggest snakes, such as pythons, can swallow animals as large as deer! Join Laurence Pringle as he takes a look at some of the more than two thousand snakes that are found almost all over the world, from pit vipers, such as rattlesnakes, to constrictors, such as pythons. A lively and informative text, joined with Meryl Henderson's bold and realistic art, explains how snakes hunt for food, move, shed their skin, give birth, and play important roles in nature. While snakes may look strange, this fascinating book shows why they are also wonderful creatures.