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Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa

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The Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa was published a decade ago as a comprehensive guide to the region's 397 reptile species. Since then herpetological studies in southern Africa have undergone a renaissance and in the last 10 years more than 83 new reptile species have been discovered - at a phenomenal rate of a new species every 44 days. The text has been completely reworked and includes taxonomic changes and updates, and new information on biology, breeding, subspecies and habitats; ...
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Overview

The Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa was published a decade ago as a comprehensive guide to the region's 397 reptile species. Since then herpetological studies in southern Africa have undergone a renaissance and in the last 10 years more than 83 new reptile species have been discovered - at a phenomenal rate of a new species every 44 days. The text has been completely reworked and includes taxonomic changes and updates, and new information on biology, breeding, subspecies and habitats; all the distribution maps have been updated to include the latest range extensions; 16 new colour plates have been added to the 96 existing plates, together presenting more than 600 full-colour photographs; explanatory notes and a comprehensive glossary make the subject accessible to even the beginner herpetologist; and, for the first time, the index to common names is presented in the form of a checklist, allowing naturalists to compile a life list.
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The new edition reflects a renaissance in the field--83 new reptile species discovered in the last 10 years. Introductory notes on finding and observing reptiles are followed by entries arranged according to scientific name. Each includes a distribution map, a detailed description, and notes on biology and breeding, habitat, and range. Color plates contain over 600 photographs. Also included are a glossary and an index of common names in checklist format. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883590423
  • Publisher: Curtis, Ralph Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: ENL
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Preface to second edition 9
Preface to first edition 10
How to use this book 12
Observing and collecting reptiles 15
The southern African environment 17
Reptiles 22
Chelonians 24
Land Tortoises 25
Sea Turtles 36
Terrapins 42
Scaled Reptiles 48
Snakes 49
Worm lizards 120
Lizards 127
Crocodilians 269
Glossary 383
Societies and their publications 387
Suggested further reading 387
Local museums and institutions involved in herpetological research 388
Photographic credits 389
Index to scientific names 390
Index to common names and checklist 394
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