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Vemous creatures such as snakes and spiders are the stuff of human nightmares. Yet toxins are a regular part of the animal world, an essential tool for hunting and defense. A surprising variety of insects, reptiles, and amphibians use vem in their daily lives, either to subdue their prey or to prevent falling victim to ather predator. Precisely how many forms of wildlife are vemous is only w becoming clear. From the mighty King Cobra, which can reach over five meters in length, down to the diminutive but lethal Black Widow Spider, natural history expert Steve Backshall takes a fascinating look at more than 60 of the most vemous creatures across the world's continents. Exciting accounts of Backshall's personal encounters with some of nature's most dangerous animals help bring to life the world of natural vems. He explains how different types of toxins work and highlights how some are used in medicine, including in the treatment of chronic disease in humans. A final chapter looks at the future for vemous wildlife and at why conservation measures are urgently required to ensure its continued survival. The first book of its kind on this fascinating subject, Vemous Animals of the World is illustrated throughout with stunning color photographs.
Steve Backshall is a naturalist and adventurer with a fascination for all forms of wildlife. A trained biologist, Steve has a particular interest in the more unusual aspects of the animal world and has searched for animals across the globe for the BBC, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. In 2007 Steve appeared in the BBC's Operation Borneo series, exploring the landscapes and wildlife of a virtually unknown valley in the heart of Borneo. He is heavily involved with wildlife and conservation charities, and he has written guidebooks to some of the world's most exotic places.