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 Travel Book on Gaboon Vipers in the Wild...

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PostSubject: Travel Book on Gaboon Vipers in the Wild...   Fri 27 Aug - 2:54

My name is Adam and I'm a writer living in New York, finishing a book about the Gaboon Viper.

This is a book for the general reader. It's not a scientific treatise (though I do try and get my facts correct). It's a travelogue, covering my time in the forests of Cameroon looking for the elusive gaboon and speaking with conservationists, farmers, hunters, witchdoctors, feticheurs and a sorcerer about their knowledge of and uses for the viper. Interspersed with this quest are brief vignettes on venomous snakes in general - their evolution, rich mythological pedigree, use in nostrums and medicine and, above all, examining their (undeservedly) bad reputation. I'm hoping my main character (GV) can serve as an entree to write about snakes in general. Maybe it'll dampen some phobias or even engender a bit of sympathy and awe...

If anyone has extensive experience with gaboons in captivity, can speak broadly/historically about the 'hot' trade in gaboons or simply has an interesting story or observation they'd like to share (and wouldn't mind me including in the book) I'd love to hear from you...

Thanks,

Adam Sudmann
asud@earthlink.net
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PostSubject: Re: Travel Book on Gaboon Vipers in the Wild...   Wed 22 Sep - 0:45

interesting job you have here, hope to hear new about your book
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