This easy-to-use identification guide to the 150 reptile species most commonly seen in Sri Lanka is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the authors are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers fascinating information on folklore associated with reptiles, snake topography, how to deal with snake bites and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Sri Lanka encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its IUCN status.
Anslem de Silva M. Sc., D. Sc. (Hon Cau, University of Peradeniya), has written or contributed to 400 or so publications on various aspects of the herpetology of the country. He is the thrice recipient of the President's Award for Scientific Publications and has organized several national and international herpetological conferences. His honorary doctorate was awarded in recognition of his scientific contributions to and promotion of all aspects of the herpetology of Sri Lanka.
Kanishka Ukuwela is a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. He holds a BSc honours degree in Zoology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Kanishka has published many research papers on the reptiles and amphibians of Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the IUCN amphibian and sea snake specialist groups.