Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World's by Dan Eatherley

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Raymond Ditmars (1876–1942), the 1st curator of reptiles at New York’s recognized Bronx Zoo, introduced cold-blooded animals to public recognition as by no means ahead of. via wildly winning books and flicks, he encouraged a new release of zoologists together with his fascination for snakes, bugs, and different misunderstood creatures.

Ditmars used to be one of the such a lot celebrated naturalists in the US. His reptile-collecting journeys for the zoo spawned newspaper headlines internationally. even though a serpent lover, he was once all too conscious of the devastating results of snakebites and was once instrumental within the improvement of antivenom. His movies and writings introduced him repute, yet he remained a faithful zoo worker, doing what he enjoyed such a lot: taking good care of animals.

Bushmaster tells the tale of this amazing guy and what turned an obsession with the mysterious bushmaster of the South American rainforest. Measuring as much as 13 ft in size, this is often the world’s greatest viper, and its medical identify, Lachesis muta, interprets as “silent fate.” regardless of a number of expeditions to jungles from Honduras to Brazil, Ditmars may by no means seize a bushmaster for himself.

Now, British writer Dan Eatherley follows in Ditmars’s footsteps, revisiting his early haunts within the usa and South the United States. He makes an attempt to do what Ditmars himself did not in attaining: to discover a bushmaster within the wild. yet 80 years later, will Dan have to any extent further success? during the author’s personal quest, Bushmaster finds the lifetime of a pioneer herpetologist, natural world filmmaker, and zoo curator.

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