312 pages, 200 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps
This comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to Southern Africa has been revised and expanded to include at least 11 newly discovered and 30 re-classified species and sub-species. Their biology and ecology is fully covered and new information has been included in the species accounts relating to behavior, identification and distribution.
"This is an attractive and readable book aimed at the non specialist, but reptile enthusiasts will want to own it for its inclusion of numerous recently described species.Certainly, there is no better book on the market at present."
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Johan Marais, naturalist, photographer and entrepreneur, has contributed significantly toward the conservation of reptiles. He has lectured widely on the topic, is past chairman of the Herpetological Association of Africa and (past) co-ordinator of the Crocodilian Study Group of Southern Africa. He serves as a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group (Species Survival Commission) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Author of, and contributor to a number of books on reptiles, he has also written more than 200 technical papers and popular articles; presented papers at several symposia in South Africa and the USA; and has participated in a variety of television and radio broadcasts.