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Offers an easy introduction to snake identification for the beginner. Snakes of the region are grouped according to family likeness, common behaviour or appearance, and the reader is encouraged to recognize the characteristics of the group before focusing on individual species.
Interesting fact boxes complement the text, and striking colour photographs illustrate the characteristics of snakes in each group. An informative introduction covers common behaviour and habitats of southern African snakes, and gives advice on where and how to find them. Different types of venom are discussed, as are basic first aid measures for treating victims of snakebite.
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Johan Marais is an entrepreneur, naturalist and photographer who has contributed significantly towards the conservation of reptiles in the past three decades. He has lectured widely on the topic, is past chairman of the Herpetological Association of Africa, serves as a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group (Species Survival Commission) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and is the chairperson of the South African Reptile Conservation Assessment. Marais has authored a range of books (including the best-selling A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa), technical papers and popular articles, both locally and abroad.
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