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Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi
Darren Pietersen, author
Luke Verburgt, author
John Davies, author
Penguin Random House South Africa
c/o Casemate Publishers
1940 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083
www.casematepublishers.com
9781775847373, $32.00, PB, 544pp

https://www.amazon.com/Snakes-Reptiles-Zambia-Malawi-Struik/dp/1775847373

Synopsis: Zambia and Malawi are home to 240 known snake, lizard, terrapin, tortoise and crocodile species; of these 13 snakes and lizards are endemic to the region. "Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi" is the first book of its kind for the region, and describes every species of reptile known to occur in the two countries -- including several new discoveries.

Deftly organized into four sections reflecting the four orders: snakes, lizards, tortoises/terrapins and crocodiles, "Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi" provides a comprehensive description of each order, suborder and family, followed by genera and species accounts.

Each species account covers diagnostic features, subspecies/taxonomic notes (where applicable), habitat, behavior, prey and predators, reproduction and range, and whether the species is venomous and poses a danger to humans.

The accounts are supported by stunning color photographs and up-to-date distribution maps that draw on over 16,000 recorded observations. Diagrammatic illustrations demonstrate morphological details useful for accurate identification. To aid identification, dichotomous identification keys (based predominantly on morphological differences) guide users to the correct genus and species.

"Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi" features an informative introduction, plus descriptions and maps of the region's biogeography and diverse habitat types, as well as a discussion on different venom types and the basic principles of snakebite treatment.

"Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi" is a unique guide and an important contribution to the literature on reptiles in Africa, and will appeal to both the novice and experienced herpetologist, as well as visitors the region and nature enthusiasts in general.

Critique: "Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi" is profusely and effectively illustrated with full color photography throughout. Comprehensive, informative, impressively organized and presented, "Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi" is also available for personal, professional, community, college, and university library African Wildlife collections in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99).

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