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A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa introduces the 517 species currently described in the region, arranged into three main groups - snakes and lizards, crocodiles, and shelled reptiles.
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Title: A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa
Authors: Graham Alexander; Johan Marais
Struik Publishers
Imprint: Nature
Cape Town, South Africa 2007
ISBN 9781770073869 / ISBN 978-1-77007-386-9
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 408 pages, countless colour photos

Description:

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa introduces the 517 species currently described in the region, arranged into three main groups - snakes and lizards, crocodiles, and shelled reptiles. Drawing on the latest scientific research, the authors introduce the book with a discussion of reptile identification, diversity, biology, distribution patterns, and where to find and observe them, as well as unravelling the facts and fallacies of snakebite. Written in a lively and accessible way, the subsequent chapters offer insight into:

• Identification to group level, with an inclusive list of related species;
• A detailed description of appearance, together with colourful images;
• Biology and behaviour of each group;
• Conservation status of species;
• Reproduction details;
• Distribution.

Informative panels provide key information at a glance, with a distribution map and clear icons giving typical habitat and period of activity. A wealth of full-colour photographs throughout brings the subject matter vividly to life. This book will appeal to all wildlife enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, and will prove to be a valuable guide in the field.

Content: A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa

INTRODUCTION
HOW TO USETHIS BOOK
DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS
DIVERSITY OF REPTILES
BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR
FINDING AND OBSERVING
REPTILES
SNAKEBITE

ORDER: SQUAMATA
Snakes
Blind Snakes
Worm Snakes
Pythons
African Burrowing Snakes
Colubrids
Elapids
Vipers
Lizards
Agamas
Chameleons
Monitors
Lacertids
Amphisbaenids
SkinksCordylids
Plated Lizards
Geckos

ORDER: CROCODYLIA
Crocodiles

ORDER:TESTUDINES
Side-necked Terrapins
Soft-shelled Terrapins
Leatherback Turtles
Sea Turtles
Tortoises

GLOSSARY
INDEXTO SCIENTIFIC NAMES
INDEXTO COMMON NAMES


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