You're Gonna' Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology

Mark Ferdinand Books
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From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians. 
 
Whether it's a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You're Gonna' Get Bit! has a story that all "herpers" and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.
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About the author

Mark Ferdinand is a Texas author and performs daily extractions from venomous snakes for an internationally recognized biomedical research institution.  After completing his first novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, he decided to compile a group of lifetime stories that brought him to such an unusual line of work.

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. When not handling venomous snakes, you can find him surf fishing, hunting, gardening, tiki carving, and fixing vehicles.

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Publisher
Mark Ferdinand Books
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Published on
Jun 3, 2016
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Pages
132
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ISBN
9781530932399
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians
Pets / Reptiles, Amphibians & Terrariums
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ichthyology & Herpetology
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WINNER OF THE 2017 NASW SCIENCE IN SOCIETY JOURNALISM AWARD
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