A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa

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International Pub Marketing, 2007 - Nature - 408 pages
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 unraveling the facts and fallacies of snakebites.

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 colorful images
· Biology and behavior 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-color 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.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
8
DISTRIBUTION PATTERNS
17
BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR
26
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GRAHAM ALEXANDER is an associate professor at the University of Witwatersrand, where he lectures and supervises postgraduate students. He has authored many scientific papers and popular articles, and his research has been the subject of documentaries on television. Alexander served as editor of the African Journal of Herpetology and associate editor of African Zoology, and has been curator at FitzSimons' Snake Park and of the herpetology division at the State Museum in Windhoek.

JOHAN MARAIS is an entrepreneur, naturalist and photographer who has contributed significantly to reptile conservation. He has lectured widely on the topic, is past chairman of the Herpetological Association of Africa, serves as a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group (Species Survival Commission) of the World Conservation Union and is chairperson of the SA Reptile Conservation Assessment. Marais has authored books (including the best-selling A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa), papers and articles.

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