This handbook is the first complete guide to the herpetofauna of northeast Africa, covering seven countries – Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.
It contains keys, comprehensive descriptions, maps of all species and photographs of virtually all species known from the region, including 114 species of amphibians and more than 460 species of reptiles. It is an essential tool for herpetologists and conservationists involved with any aspect of the African herpetofauna, and for museums and specialist libraries.
Comprehensive and written by the world's leading experts in the field, this is the first book ever written on these animals.
How to use this book
What are amphibians and reptiles?
Northeast Africa: the landscape and zoogeography of the herpetofauna
Observing, gathering data and collecting reptiles
Amphibian and reptile conservation
Some brief notes on amphibian and reptile taxonomy
Identifying amphibians and reptiles
Safety; observing and handling amphibians and reptiles; snakebite
Further reading and resources
Stephen Spawls is a herpetologist with a particular interest in the reptiles of East Africa. He was co-author of Field Guide to East African Reptiles and The Dangerous Snakes of Africa and author of Kenya: A Natural History. Steve has written many key papers on the reptiles and amphibians of the region. Tomáš Mazuch is a Czech herpetologist and author of Amphibians and Reptiles of Somaliland and Eastern Ethiopia. Abubakr Mohammad is an independent researcher on the natural heritage of Sudan, and he is the country's leading expert on its herpetofauna.