Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In 2005 Jackson ventured into the remote swamp forests of the northern Congo to collect reptiles and amphibians. This book is Jackson's unvarnished account of her research on the front lines of the global biodiversity crisis—coping with interminable delays in obtaining permits, learning to outrun advancing army ants, subsisting on a diet of Spam and manioc, and ultimately falling in love with the strangely beautiful flooded forest.
 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this account of two collecting trips to Congo very much. Right up to the botflies. *shudder* I'm freshly convinced that I never ever need to go there. The writing was accessible, and I got a ... Read full review

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Summary: Kate Jackson is a herpetologist - a zoologist who specializes in amphibians and reptiles - who did her early work conducting two surveys of the wildlife of the flooded forests in northern ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 How It All Started
3
2 Back to the Congo
14
3 In Limbo
38
4 The Flooded Forest
55
5 Neighbors Netsand Nothing
77
6 The Red Snake
101
7 A Bottle of Snakes
124
12 Back to the Likouala
191
13 This Is Impongui
209
14 Snake Medicine
236
15 Making Herpetologists
261
16 The Home Stretch
273
17 A Stressful Day
289
18 Kende Malamu
304
Epilogue
315

8 A Day of Monsters
135
9 Time to Go
148
10 Red Tape Revisited
160
11 Planning My Return
171
Acknowledgments
319
Index
323
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Kate Jackson is Assistant Professor of Biology at Whitman College.

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