In the Steps of The Great American Herpetologist, Karl Patterson Schmidt

In the Steps of The Great American Herpetologist, Karl Patterson Schmidt


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Karl Patterson Schmidt was one of America’s most influential naturalists. In his special field of herpetology—the study of reptiles and amphibians—he made fascinating discoveries about the habits of snakes and their environment.

This biography follows his exciting career from his boyhood in Lake Forest, Illinois, through his college days at Cornell, his participation in geological expeditions, his first job as a herpetologist at the American Museum of Natural History, and his later expeditions which took him all over the world.

As you trace the path of Schmidt’s career, you can follow his footsteps with a series of fun projects including: Finding Reptiles and Amphibians and Assembling a Scrap Book of Herpetological Pets. All the equipment you need is inexpensive or easily made. With patience and persistence you can find reptiles and amphibians wherever you happen to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590773604
Publisher: M. Evans & Company
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

A. Gilbert Wright, former Assistant Chief of the Office of Exhibits of the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, is himself a well-known naturalist and was a friend of Karl Patterson Schmidt for more than twenty years.

Matthew Kalmenoff was an artist on the staff of the American Museum of Natural History for twenty years, and has illustrated many books.

Table of Contents

1 Karl's Formative Years 7

2 Six Years on a Wilderness Farm 17

3 A Decision in the Swamps 35

4 A Coming of Age in Herpetology 50

5 A Developing Career 67

6 The Great Voyage 79

7 Karl P. Schmidt, Naturalist-Author 93

Nature Projects You Can Do 102

Bibliography 124

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