544 pages, 500 colour photos, distribution maps
Previously published as A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa
Field Guide to East African Reptiles remains the definitive work on this subject and is the only comprehensive guide to the extensive and diverse reptile fauna of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The second edition has been revised and updated to account for several significant discoveries made since the publication of the first book.
The detailed introduction is followed by individual accounts of all the chelonians, lizards, worm-lizards, crocodiles and snakes of the region. Each photographically illustrated account describes the biology, ecology, habits and habitat of a species and also includes a distribution map.
The new paperback format, as well as the revised text and all new photographs, make this edition the only single-source, practical field guide to east African reptiles.
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Stephen Spawls went to Kenya when he was four and caught his first chameleon at the age of six. East African herpetology is his major interest, his publications include Field Guide to East African Reptiles and Kenya: A Natural History.
Kim Howell was professor of Zoology at the University of Dar es Salaam for over 40 years, and has lived in and studied the fauna of Tanzania since 1970.
Harald Hinkel is a German naturalist specializing in biodiversity and conservation, who has also worked extensively in disaster relief, particularly in Rwanda.
Michele Menegon is an expert on East African herpetofauna, having spent most of his time since 1997 conducting research across the Eastern Afromontane.