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This new edition of A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa comprehensively revises and updates Marais' earlier publication, which was widely regarded as essential reading for anyone from herpetologists, snake collectors and game rangers to hikers, gardeners and even householders who occasionally encounter snakes. More than just a field guide, this book provides detailed information on all the snakes that occur in southern Africa - their appearance, habits, habitats, distribution, reproduction and feeding. Concise text, colour photographs, line drawings and distribution maps make for easy identification of all the snakes of the region. Introductory chapters provide up-to-date information on snakebite, guidelines for keeping snakes in captivity and a guide to the classification of snakes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781868729326
ISBN-10: 186872932X
Format: Paperback
(240mm x 170mm x 22mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Struik Publishers
Publisher: Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: South Africa


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Author Biography - Johan Marais

Johan Marais, naturalist, photographer and entrepreneur, has contributed significantly toward the conservation of reptiles. He has lectured widely on the topic, is past chairman of the Herpetological Association of Africa and (past) co-ordinator of the Crocodilian Study Group of Southern Africa. He serves as a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group (Species Survival Commission) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Author of, and contributor to a number of books on reptiles, he has also written more than 200 technical papers and popular articles; presented papers at several symposia in South Africa and the USA; and has participated in a variety of television and radio broadcasts.