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Snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East: A Photographic GuideArtist/Author: Geniez, Philippe
Originally published in French, (now translated) this is a fully up-to-date and comprehensive photographic field guide to the snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Lavishly illustrated with 387 colour photographs, it includes coverage of all 122 snake species found in these regions.
The guide’s detailed introduction discusses snake anatomy, biology, habitats and taxonomy. It also explores the health of snakes in captivity and conservation measures, and provides a succinct explanation of the chemical composition, physical effects and cultural uses of snake venom. Species accounts are arranged taxonomically and provide identification features, a description of the species’ habitat and behavior and information about whether a snake is venomous. Abundant distribution maps describe each species’ geographic variation and usual habitats. Clear photos aid identification and are supplemented with illustrations highlighting key anatomical features. A table of all species, country by country, is included at the back of Snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
The first dedicated field guide on snakes to appear in many years, Snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East will be indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about these unique reptiles.
Snakes of Central and Western AfricaArtist/Author: Chippaux, Jean-Philippe, Kate Jackson
Nobody knows exactly how many snake species live in the biodiversity hotspots of Western and Central Africa. While field guides abound that make mammals, birds, and even insects identifiable for residents, travelers, and scientists, half a continent’s herpetological richness has remained shrouded in mystery. In a region where nearly 30,000 people die from snake bites every year, even dire medical necessity has been an insufficient inducement for researchers to take on the daunting task of assembling an authoritative list of extant species let alone a full descriptive record to aid in identification, the essential first step to administering an effective antivenin. The reptiles of Central Africa, particularly, are the most poorly studied in the world, despite their crucial role in the survival of threatened ecosystems.
With Snakes of Central and Western Africa, Jean-Philippe Chippaux and Kate Jackson have created a game changer. The result of years of field research and systematic study in the world’s leading museums, this book compiles for the first time a comprehensive guide to the region’s snakes. Covering a vast swath of the continent, ranging from Mauritania in the northwest to Rwanda in the east and Angola in the south, Chippaux and Jackson provide detailed accounts for the more than 200 species of snakes that inhabit the region.
The first part of Snakes of Central and Western Africa is devoted to the taxonomic characters used for identifying snakes. The authors deal with the evolution and biogeography of African snakes as well as epidemiological and clinical aspects of snakebite. The remaining chapters are organized phylogenetically, following the latest consensus on evolutionary patterns of major snake lineages in sub-Saharan Africa. Species identification is facilitated by simple and accessible dichotomous keys and detailed descriptions of morphological characteristics, complemented by numerous drawings, photos, and distribution maps. Invaluable information on taxonomy and natural history is also included. The book concludes with a comprehensive index and a list of nearly 600 references. Snakes of Central and Western Africa illuminates a previously little-known part of the natural world, provides vital information that could save many lives, and will make an excellent addition to any herpetology library.
Field Guide to East African Reptiles: Second EditionArtist/Author: Spawls, Steve, Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa remains the definitive work on this subject and is the only comprehensive guide to the extensive and diverse reptile fauna of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The second edition has been revised and updated to account for several significant discoveries made since the publication of the first book.
The detailed introduction is followed by individual accounts of all the chelonians, lizards, worm-lizards, crocodiles and snakes of the region. Each photographically illustrated account describes the biology, ecology, habits and habitat of a species and also includes a distribution map.
The new paperback format, as well as the revised text and all new photographs, make this edition the only single-source, practical field guide to east African reptiles.
The tortoises and turtles of Madagascar.Artist/Author: Pedrono, Miguel.
Madagascar has a rich and diverse reptile fauna including several species of chelonians that are found nowhere else. It is home to such spectacular species as the Radiated tortoise, Astrochelys radiata, the Spider tortoise, Pyxis arachnoides, and the Ploughshare tortoise, Astrochelys yniphora; which is considered to be the world’s rarest tortoise and one of the most endangered reptiles. This is the first book to cover all the living and extinct chelonians of Madagascar. This book is an authoritative and comprehensive guide covering every known aspect of their natural history. Recent field studies that have been carried out by the author and others to provide a better understanding of these species’ ecology are synthesised in this publication. Practical species accounts provide accurate details of species identification, distribution, ecology and conservation, and are complemented by numerous beautiful photographs of Malagasy tortoises and turtles in the wild. Up-to-date information on the status of their populations is also presented, and there are details on the best sites to observe tortoises and turtles in Madagascar.
Currently all extant endemic species of tortoises and turtles of Madagascar are threatened and the rapidity with which chelonian populations have declined in Madagascar underscores the need for equally rapid action to protect them. This book outlines the challenges to chelonian conservation in Madagascar and the approaches developed to date to facilitate their recovery. This book will not only introduce readers to the fascinating world of Malagasy chelonians but will also raise awareness and support to ensure that they are preserved for the future.
A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar.Artist/Author: Glaw, Frank and Miguel Vences.
NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH NOKOMIS. Completely updated and rewritten edition. Includes biology and description of all Malagasy amphibians and reptiles. Accounts and distribution maps for over 700 species and more than 1500 colour photographs.
Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the CongoArtist/Author: Jackson, Kate.
Harvard-educated herpetologist, Kate Jackson set up her tent in a pygmy village, and went to collect Central African snakes, lizards and frogs. This text describes her struggles to learn Central African customs, overcome labyrinthine bureaucracy there, fit cobras into small backpacks and convince locals that she is a scientist and not a witch.
Snakes of Zambia.Artist/Author: Broadley, Donald G. et al.
This atlas and field guide provides an introductory chapter on zoogeography showing the variety of habitat types of the Zambian snake fauna. A series of keys has been compiled to assist in the identification of all Zambian snakes, these are supported by figures showing diagnostic arrangements of head shields and more than 160 photographs. Natural history notes are included, as well as available data on captive care. A comprehensive chapter on snake bite treatment compiles the available knowledge on envenomation and medical care in Zambia and other African countries.
A Photographic Guide to Snakes, Other Reptiles and Amphibians of East AfricaArtist/Author: Branch, Bill
Covers the most common snakes, lizards, skinks, chamaeleons, terrapins and amphibians (frogs) of East Africa – covering a total of 260 species. The aim is identification and each species account features a brief text that highlights diagnostic features, a distribution map and a colour photograph.
Pocket Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of East AfricaArtist/Author: Spawls, Stephen, et al.
This is a lightweight and portable guide, partly adapted from the popular and highly acclaimed A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa by the same authors. Covering the most prominent 150 reptiles and 80 amphibians found in the region (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi), with concise text, photographs and a map for each, this is a convenient and attractive pocket guide for a diverse and often conspicuous group of animals.