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Posted on Apr 25, 2013

Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians | Now Available!

Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians | Now Available!

The second edition of Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians, edited by Jamie K. Reaser is now available!

We are doing something rather special with this release. Every time you buy a copy of Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians, whether on Amazon or right here in our bookstore, Hiraeth Press will donate $2.00 to the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group. So dive in and make a splash, order a copy and share this post. Help us raise money for this worthy cause.

The ASG is a global network of dedicated professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to conserve amphibians and their habitats around the world through collective action. The network consists of more than 600 members in over 40 regions/ countries. Please visit to learn more.

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Praise for Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians

Ever since that infa­mous episode in The Garden of Eden, we humans have des­per­ately needed to heal our rela­tion­ship with the scaly and slip­pery ones. Unfairly dis­en­fran­chised from our good­will for thou­sands of years, “herps” deserve to be loved for what they really are: fas­ci­nating, life-​​giving, and the only crea­tures with per­petual smiles.

—Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers

Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians is a must read! This riv­eting book pro­vides a unique glimpse into the fas­ci­nating world of rep­tiles, amphib­ians, and the people who love them. Finally, there is some good PR for herps, as well as proof that I’m not insane or alone in my desire to kiss a snake.

—Donald Schultz, conservationist, explorer, and film maker

This won­derful col­lec­tion of essays offers a glimpse into the spe­cial world of rep­tiles, and the spell they cast on those who have devoted their lives to their study. If you love nature, whether or not you’re “into” rep­tiles, you’ll find much to enjoy, and you just may come away with a new­found appre­ci­a­tion and respect for these fas­ci­nating, often beau­tiful and fre­quently mis­un­der­stood crea­tures.

—Russ Case, editor of Reptiles magazine and ReptileChannel​.com

How does it happen that ordi­nary, well bal­anced, people end up ded­i­cating their lives to snakes?  This book by Reaser and her col­leagues answers this ques­tion, not only for snakes, but for tur­tles and lizards, and frogs and toads and sala­man­ders, too. Enjoy these sto­ries.  If you are young (or young at heart), there may be an epiphany awaiting you. If “herps” have long since been your pas­sion, let these tales take you back to those early for­ma­tive days, when every­thing that has hap­pened since first began.

—Michael J.  Lannoo, Ph.D, professor, Indiana University School of Medicine and editor of Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species

This is a book you can only read until sun­down, at which time you will be inspired to visit the amphib­ians and rep­tiles in your own neigh­bor­hood. The sto­ries con­tained herein will rekindle mem­o­ries of your own first con­nec­tion to nature, making you want to relive that moment and moti­vating you to help pro­tect these amazing ani­mals and their wild habi­tats.

—Shelly Grow, conservation biologist, Association of Zoos and Aquariums


onrockwithsalkaJamie K. Reaser is a prac­ti­tioner and teacher of eco-​​psychology, nature-​​based spir­i­tu­ality, and var­ious approaches to expanding human con­scious­ness, as well as a conservation biologist, poet, writer, artist, and homesteader-​​in-​​progress. Jamie has a pas­sion for bringing people into their hearts, inspiring the heartbeat of com­mu­nity, and, ulti­mately, empow­ering people to live with a heart-​​felt ded­i­ca­tion to Mother Earth. Her writing explores themes related to Nature and human nature in this mag­ical, yet chal­lenging, time of the Great Turning. She is the editor of the Courting the Wild Series, as well as the author of Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist’s Journal in Verse, Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out and Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life. Jamie is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers. She makes her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.