Snakes of the World covers all living snakes and fossil snakes. It should have a broad appeal not only to conservationists and herpetologists but to naturalists, hobbyists, educators and libraries as it will be the standard reference on snakes. The text includes 1) 625 valid genera and 3800 valid species (including their synonyms), 2) dubious names (12 genera and 155 species), and 3) invalid names (19 genera and 151 species). The index lists every species in two ways (genus–species and species–genus) so any name can be easily found.
Valid Genera and Species
Genera and Species Inquirenda
"[...] would be appropriate for professional herpetologists [...] a key reference in a comprehensive herpetology collection [...] Recommended."
"[...] a specialized resource focusing on the history and documentation of naming conventions [...] comprehensive, comprising over 1,200 pages, and including almost 400 pages of references. [...] key reference source for any professional herpetologist interested in naming nomenclature. Recommended for academic libraries."
– By Kevin McDonough for ARBAonline
"You want to own this book for the wealth of information in the genus and species accounts, the literature cited, and the beautiful simplicity of using it. Oh, and the cover has an impressive photograph of a cobra head."
– Brian I. Crother, Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, USA in The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 90