Their Blood Runs Cold
Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Foreword to First Edition
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Recently a group of students and faculty were discussing what it takes to be a successful scientist. Granting that innate talent and one's subject is an essential ingredient. If one enjoys delving deeply into some aspect of the world in which we live, that person will spend the extra hours and make the extra effort that is required ...
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...ago. I held my first book signing at a bookstore in Tuscaloosa, to a herpetologist. The books were purchased by two of my dad’s to the nature section during the two hours I sat mostly alone and gist was when George Zug, curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, held the book up and ...
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The indebtedness one has to others in undertaking a book is great. nifer, Susan Lane, and Michael for their special contributions; to husband Bill for their encouragement and editorial contributions; to my Aunt Harriet for suggesting I become a biologist, and to my tists. The most influential of these was the late Dr. Donald W. ...
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Two places in the United States have streams so hot that a person would die trying to swim them. One is Yellowstone National Park The SRP has no natural heated waters, but the nation's plutonium production reactors create the only aquatic systems that can com pete with Yellowstone's in terms of thermal alteration. Both places ...
Chapter 1: Reptiles and Amphibians: The Field for Herpetology
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...reptiles in general and about snakes in particular prevails at all hospital in July 1971. The scenario began four hours earlier with a phone call to my house. Dave, an undergraduate research partici pant, was calling from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory to say that Rita, another student, had been bitten on the foot by a ...
Chapter 2: The Snakes: Once Upon a Bushmaster
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...outstretched on the largest limb of a redbud tree in Alabama. We smashed it many times. To death. Making sure. Taking no chances. I don't really think I cried that night, but I do remember that I didn't feel right afterward. I distinctly remember that at five years Fifteen years later as R. E. Smith and I walked through a Costa ...
Chapter 3: The Turtles: Turtles May Be Slow but They’re 200 Million Years Ahead of Us
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...constantly retaught if you work around rivers. But that night I the stem of the boat gave evidence that he had not forgotten the lesson, and he wished I had not also. Fortunately, we finally did get the motor started, although half a mile of dark riverbank had night. Wild. Even loud, until the motor started. A southern river ...
Chapter 4: The Crocodilians: How to Catch an Alligator in One Uneasy Lesson
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...''you know," I said with seeming casualness, "we could run across Apparently his first day as my technician at the Savannah River pected. Most technicians wear white lab coats, sit on tall stools, and write on clipboards. Here he sat bouncing down a dirt road in carrying a plastic sack full of fish heads. The fish were to be used to ...
Chapter 5: The Lizards: When Blowguns and Nooses Have Unusual Uses
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...sloping sand floor. I was fourth in the six-man line of back crawlers. My headlamp was of little use, for when I stared directly upward Any normal person would have felt claustrophobic, and I felt very normal. As a herpetologist, I had no business lying on the sandy incline of a tunnel several hundred feet inside a west Texas gypsum ...
Chapter 6: The Salamanders: Ohio State 7, Alabama 3, Salamanders 0
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...into a froth about being participants in the capture of an animal of which only one specimen had ever been found. And with not just a species were we concerned, but instead with an entire genus. The called, after the entomologist Leslie Hubricht, who had brought discovered despite countless efforts by herpetologists for nearly ...
Chapter 7: The Frogs and Toads: Who’s Watching the Frogs?
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The day was cool, so scattered patches of late morning fog still rose from the places where water stood. Reaching a height about half that of the taller cypresses, the smoky mist was greeted by a gentle Rays of sunlight that had found a passage through the black cypress trunks illuminated the lower clouds of mist. Except for the cease ...
Chapter 8: Techniques in Herpetology: To Catch a Cooter
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...before a successful technique is developed. It seems to be accepted practice in medicine to try everything until we develop the cure worthwhile. The same is true in ecological research and it is only fair that scientists report their failures so that others will not try them again. However, reporting a failure is not the style of most ...
Chapter 9: More Techniques: To Find a Mud Turtle
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...turtle spends the winter. Dave Bennett, Chris Franson, and I were Dave drove while Chris and I watched the dial and listened to the We all looked discouraged, and Chris and I looked dusty. Sitting on the tailgate while riding across abandoned cotton fields in South Carolina after a month oflittle rain is expected to be dusty. So we ...
Chapter 10: The Future of Reptiles and Amphibians: Can We Find a Hiding Place, Too?
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The beam from my headlight picked up the yellow chin, held aloof either know they are poisonous or at least know they are special in some way-because every one you see, whether coiled on a rotting swamp, holds its head up, proudly. I always say that you're safer from cottonmouths in the swamp at night (with a light) than in the ...
Chapter 11: Teaching the Public: How to Hold an Audience with a Snake
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...whatever reason. Someone giving a talk on the ecology of snakes invariably captures the interest of a class of students by pulling a shiny black kingsnake with bright yellow bands out of a cloth sack. back away from the guest speaker's table if you use a five-foot region. Unfortunately, snakes usually receive the wrong kind of ...
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If I had written the prologue to this thirtieth-anniversary edition would now be considered prescient. Had I been able to foretell the advent and subsequent influence of molecular genetics, accurately and amphibians, and foresee the impact that digital photography would have on herpetology, I would now be hailed as a prophet of ...
Selected References in Herpetology
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Further Reading in Herpetology, 2012
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Ashton, R. E., Jr., and P. S. Ashton. 1981. Handbook of Reptiles and Am-———. 1985. Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians of Florida. Part II. Bailey, M. A., J. N. Holmes, K. A. Buhlmann, and J. C. Mitchell. 2006. Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the South east ern United States. Technical Publication HMG-2. Mont-...
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Publication Year: 2013
Edition: 30th Anniversary Edition