Africa is a true hotspot for snake diversity, with several hundred species. Unfortunately, a scared snake or one that is trodden on may bite, and some species have venom that can prove fatal.
The Dangerous Snakes of Africa is an indispensable guide to these reptiles. It covers all 137 dangerous snake species in Africa, along with another 70 species that are easily confused with them. All are described, with each account looking in detail at their identification, habitat and distribution, behaviour and venom, as well as how to treat bites and a selection of photographs, accompanied by an accurate range map. Introductory sections cover the major snake groups, their venom characteristics, how to avoid snake bites and first-aid advice.
This comprehensive book is an essential tool for all naturalists, conservationists, educators, field workers and medical personnel throughout Africa.
Stephen Spawls went to Kenya when he was four, and caught his first chameleon at the age of six. African herpetology is his major interest, and he has spent 39 years on the continent. His publications include Kenya: A Natural History and Field Guide to East African Reptiles.
Bill Branch was one of Africa's most well known herpetologists. Based in South Africa for over 40 years, Bill published more than 600 works on African herpetofauna, including the only comprehensive guide to the entire reptile fauna of Southern Africa. Bill sadly died shortly before the publication of this book.