120 pages, 330 colour photos, colour distribution maps, b/w illustrations
Featuring all the region's common harmless snakes and all its dangerous species, this updated, expanded edition of Snakes & Snakebite in Southern Africa is a practical, user-friendly guide to identification and first-aid treatment in the event of a snake bite. Simple icons provide essential information at a glance, and succinct text, distribution maps and numerous full-color photographs enable easy identification of snakes most commonly encountered in the field – and those most feared. Symptoms and treatment of snake bites are described, providing vital information on first-aid procedures. Clear and practical in its approach, this new edition will prove invaluable to all those with outdoor interests, be they hikers, climbers, campers, fishermen or gardeners.
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Johan Marais is an entrepreneur, naturalist and photographer who has contributed significantly to reptile conservation. He has lectured widely on the topic, is past chairman of the Herpetological Association of Africa, serves as a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group (Species Survival Commission) of the World Conservation Union and is chairperson of the SA Reptile Conservation Assessment. Marais has authored books (including the best-selling A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa), papers and articles.