Creepy, crawly, charismatic creatures…

You’re hiking along a jungle trail, when you spot a bright yellow snake, about a foot long, tightly coiled and perfectly immobile, on top of a dead tree in the shade. Is it asleep? Is it deadly? Is it as common as a house rat, or the last of its kind?

Not everyone who travels has to be a naturalist and explorer, but knowing a little about the flora and fauna you might meet can enrich your experience. The plants and animals and mountains and clouds you encounter along the way each have as much history and distinction and individuality as the buildings and museums and artworks.

What if that yellow snake was the only one in the world, and you walked right by without a glance?