Eye of newt and toe of frog, adder's fork and lizard's leg: the lore and mythology of amphibians and reptiles.

Eye of newt and toe of frog, adder's fork and lizard's leg: the lore and mythology of amphibians and reptiles. Marty Crump.
Eye of newt and toe of frog, adder's fork and lizard's leg: the lore and mythology of amphibians and reptiles.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs, illustrations, line drawings.

In this ode to reptiles and amphibians, herpetologist and science writer Marty Crump explores folklore across the world and throughout time. From creation myths to trickster tales; from associations with fertility and rebirth to fire and rain; and from the use of herps in folk medicines and magic, as food, pets, and gods, to their roles in literature, visual art, music, and dance, Crump reveals both our love and hatred of amphibians and reptiles-and their perceived power.
In a world replete with home terrariums at the same time that we're fighting invasive cane toads, and where public attitudes often dictate that the cute and cuddly receive conservation priority over the slimy and venomous, she shows how our complex and conflicting perceptions threaten the conservation of these ecologically vital animals. Sumptuously illustrated, Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder's Fork and Lizard's Leg is a beautiful and enthralling brew of natural history and folklore.

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