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Book title: A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa
Author: Johan Marais
Cape Town, South Africa 2004
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 312 pages, throughout colour photos
This detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour. Now in its second edition, A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised and expanded to include at least 11 newly discovered and 30 re-classified species and sub-species.
New information based on international scientific research has been included in the species accounts relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction and snake venoms. Species descriptions are now accompanied by full-colour photographs, simple icons make essential information available at a glance. A separate ‘look out for’ box assists in quickly identifying species in the field.
Chapters on classification and identification, keeping snakes, and the prevention and treatment of snakebite supplement the species accounts. This readable and user-friendly guide will be invaluable to herpetologists, snake collectors, hikers, gardeners, campers and householders, or anyone who may encounter or want to know more about these fascinating and widely misunderstood reptiles.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Chapter 1: BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR
Chapter 2: CLASSIFICATION AND RELATIONSHIPS
Chapter 3: SNAKEBITE
Chapter 4: SNAKES IN CAPTIVITY
Chapter 5: SPECIES ACCOUNTS
Adders or vipers
Mambas, cobras and their relatives
Back-fanged and other venomous snakes
Fangless and non-venomous snakes
Blind and worm snakes