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Southern Africa has nearly 400 species of reptiles, including the world's richest diversity of land tortoises, in his Field Guide to the Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa, renowned herpetologist Bill Branch presents in detail these animals in all their diversity and beauty, ranging from 130 species of snakes, through amphisbaenians, the many and varied lizards occurring on the subcontinent (including skinks, chameleons and geckos), land tortoises, sea turtles and terrapins, to the crocodile.
The more than 500 full-colour photographs have been selected to show most clearly the key identifying characteristics of each species. The photographs are arranged in 96 colour pates, with similar-looking species grouped for easier field identification. Each photograph is clearly cross-referenced to the relevant species account.
Each description includes the species' size range, its physical description, a discussion of its biology and breeding habits (where available), and its habitat and range. Where subspecies occur, these are described and their distributions given. Each species account is accompanied by a distribution mop. Explanatory notes, sketches and the comprehensive glossary will make the subject accessible even to the beginner herpetologist.