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Field Guides & Natural History  Reptiles & Amphibians  Reptiles

Serpientes del Noroeste Argentino [Snakes of Northwest Argentina]

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key
By: Gustavo J Scrocchi(Author), María Paula Cabrera(Author), Juan Carlos Stazzonelli Sadir(Author), Sonia Kretzschmar(Author)
251 pages, colour photos and b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps
Serpientes del Noroeste Argentino [Snakes of Northwest Argentina]
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Language: Spanish

Snakes, that fascinating group of animals shrouded in myths and legends, have been victims of persecution and misunderstanding around the world, including Argentina. This book, a new edition after publication of the first edition in 2006, emerged as an effort to change the misperception surrounding these reptiles and promote understanding of their crucial role in the environment. In a context where statements of principles on environmental conservation often forget snakes, the book addresses the need to fully understand their contribution to nature. Despite good intentions, "snakes" are eliminated for no apparent reason, while accidents with other animal species, such as dogs and cats, are more frequent.

The text begins with a description of the diverse environments in northwest Argentina, using the biogeographic regions as a reference to understanding the rich diversity of species present. Scientific aspects, classification and general characteristics of snakes are addressed, providing advice on how to avoid accidents, and guidelines for action in case they occur. Highlighting the importance of accurate information, the book presents a detailed list of the species that inhabit the region, mentioning how many are known in each province. A key is included to identify each specimen, along with entries that provide photographs and details on biology and distribution. The book concludes with a chapter that demystifies misconceptions about snakes and offers insight into other reptile species misinterpreted as venomous. The bibliography section supports the information provided, and an appendix details the material reviewed and reference localities for the maps, complemented by photographs of clear authorship.

Summary in Spanish:
Las serpientes, ese fascinante grupo de animales envuelto en mitos y leyendas, han sido víctimas de persecución y malentendidos en todo el mundo, incluyendo Argentina. Este libro, continuación de su predecesor publicado en 2006, surge como un esfuerzo por cambiar la percepción errónea que rodea a estos reptiles y promover la comprensión de su papel crucial en el equilibrio ambiental. En un contexto donde las declaraciones de principios sobre la conservación del medio ambiente a menudo olvidan a las serpientes, el libro aborda la necesidad de entender a fondo su contribución a la naturaleza. A pesar de las buenas intenciones, las "víboras" son eliminadas sin razón aparente, mientras los accidentes con otras especies animales, como perros y gatos, son más frecuentes.

El texto se inicia con la descripción de los diversos ambientes en el noroeste argentino, utilizando las regiones biogeográficas como referencia para comprender la rica diversidad de especies presentes. Se abordan aspectos científicos, clasificación y características generales de las serpientes, proporcionando consejos para evitar accidentes y pautas de actuación en caso de que ocurran. Destacando la importancia de la información precisa, el libro presenta un listado detallado de las especies que habitan la región, mencionando cuántas son conocidas en cada provincia. Se incluye una clave para identificar a cada ejemplar, junto con fichas descriptivas que detallan biología, distribución y fotografías. El libro concluye con un capítulo que desmitifica creencias erróneas sobre las serpientes y ofrece una visión sobre otras especies de reptiles malinterpretadas como venenosas. La sección de bibliografía respalda la información proporcionada, y un apéndice detalla el material revisado y las localidades de referencia para los mapas, complementado con fotografías de autoría clara.

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Field / Identification Guide Identification Key
By: Gustavo J Scrocchi(Author), María Paula Cabrera(Author), Juan Carlos Stazzonelli Sadir(Author), Sonia Kretzschmar(Author)
251 pages, colour photos and b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps
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