A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa

Graham Alexander, Johan Marais

Introduces the 517 species currently described in the region, arranged into three main groups: 1) snakes and lizards, 2) crocodiles and 3) shelled reptiles
Date Published :
March 2008
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781770073869

Stock Status : In stock


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.

About The Author

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.

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