Slimy, yucky, evil; these are only three of many unsavory attributes that we bestow onto snakes. Yet, no single one applies to these animals! Snakes, more than any other group in the animal kingdom, are associated with negative labels that are based on wild fantasies, sensationalism, or sheer ignorance. Herpetologist Sebastian Lotzkat repudiates the bad reputation of snakes by replacing myth with lots of suspenseful facts. The author spends half of his time in Panama, searching for hitherto unknown species of snakes and the other half on German Science-Slam stages. In his book, he relates the vicissitudinous role of the snake in human affairs and culture, spanning from Adam and Eve to the Gorgons and Indiana Jones. We find an entertaining and well-founded account of what snakes are really like: admirable animals with great beauty, power, and elegance. What is more, they seem to possess an inexhaustible bag of tricks to survive.