By Marty Crump
during this ode to toads and snakes, newts and tuatara, crocodiles and tortoises, herpetologist and technology author Marty Crump explores folklore internationally and all through time. From construction myths to trickster stories; from institutions with fertility and rebirth to fireside and rain; and from using herps in people drugs and magic, as meals, pets, and gods, to their roles in literature, visible artwork, tune, and dance, Crump finds either our love and hatred of amphibians and reptiles—and their perceived energy. In a global the place we retain domestic terrariums whilst that we conflict invasive cane toads, and the place public attitudes frequently 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 enchanting brew of common heritage and folklore, sobering technology and humor, that leaves us with one irrefutable lesson: love herps. Warts, scales, and all.