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A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa [Paperback]

Graham Alexander , Johan Marais

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Book Description

March 15 2008 1770073868 978-1770073869 1
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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers; 1 edition (March 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770073868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770073869
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 17.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #824,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but dissapointing... June 18 2008
By M. G. Kuijpers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Finally i received my copy of the guide to the reptiles of southern Africa !

The lay out is exactly the same as the other Johan Marais book, snakes of southern Africa, and as i think snakes of is great i was very dissapointed by the reptiles of book.

Why you are asking ? Well i have got the impression that the book is the snakes of southern africa with a little addition,an addition that is not specified enough.
The snakes are allready cramped together,dwarf bitis species for example are put together as dwarf adders and are generally spoken of,snakes so special for the region merit it to be seperated into species instead of being piled together.

The lizard chapter was for me the most dissapointing part. All the lizards (few exeptions) are cramped together in little family groups and not described or shown seperated on the maps, a big mis as a lot of the reptiles of southern Africa have a small distribution range. Why i ask myself ? Mister Marais is capable of making great books as shown before,photowork is great,lay out,but not it is not enough in my opinion.

So if you want to know something about the reptiles of southern africa,this book is great. Do you need some expert advise on distribution,species etc...sorry this is not what you need.
better books excist: Snakes of southern africa,Chameleons of southern africa and the southern african tortoise book still rule....

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