Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder's Fork and Lizard's Leg: by Marty Crump PDF

By Marty Crump

Frogs are worshipped for bringing nourishing rains, yet blamed for devastating floods. Turtles are in demand for his or her knowledge and sturdiness, yet ridiculed for his or her slow and cowardly habit. Snakes are revered for his or her skill to heal and restoration existence, yet despised as symbols of evil. Lizards are respected as beneficent dad or mum spirits, yet feared because the satan himself.

In this ode to toads and snakes, newts and tuatara, crocodiles and tortoises, herpetologist and technological know-how author Marty Crump explores folklore internationally and all through time. From production myths to trickster stories; from institutions with fertility and rebirth to fireside and rain; and from using herps in people medicinal drugs and magic, as foodstuff, pets, and gods, to their roles in literature, visible artwork, song, and dance, Crump finds either our love and hatred of amphibians and reptiles—and their perceived energy. In an international the place we preserve domestic terrariums even as that we conflict invasive cane toads, and the place public attitudes usually dictate that the lovable and cuddly obtain conservation precedence over the slimy and venomous, she exhibits how our complicated and conflicting perceptions threaten the conservation of those ecologically important animals.

Sumptuously illustrated, Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder’s Fork and Lizard’s Leg is a gorgeous and captivating brew of ordinary heritage and folklore, sobering technology and humor, that leaves us with one irrefutable lesson: love herps. Warts, scales, and all.

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