Grice’s little book of wonder will fascinate, shock and horrify you in 7 chapters. The lives of Black Widows, Brown Recluse, Tarantulas, Rattlesnakes, Pigs, Canids and Mantids are all examined here with all the gruesome and morbid details of a car crash. Not overly scientific (no reference and footnotes) but who cares it’s like an ice cream treat of the natural world.
Grice’s raises Black Widows and clearly shares his love with the spider with us through the first 60 pages. I remembered this book after a friend’s son was recently bitten by a widow and I thought about his night spent in the emergency room being treated.
Grice writes, “…pigs eat just about anything, he writes, including the runts of their litters; most humans are more selective, but we do eat 88 million pigs each year.”
Enjoy this and make sure you shake your boots and gloves that you keep in your garage before you place a foot or hand in them…widows love to nestle down in these dark cool places.
If you enjoyed this book, also look for Suburban Safari by Hannah Holmes.