A complete guide to the snakes of Southern Africa

A complete guide to the snakes of Southern Africa

Johan Marais


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This long-awaited third edition of A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised and expanded. New information based on scientific research relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction and snake venoms has been included in the species accounts. Features of this book: Covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour; species descriptions are accompanied by full-colour photographs and distribution maps; simple icons make essential information available at a glance; a separate ‘key features’ box assists in quickly identifying species in the field; chapters on classification and identification, keeping snakes, and the treatment of snakebite supplement the species accounts. Sales points: A guide to all snakes, dangerous and harmless, in southern Africa; practical first-aid advice for snakebite; packed with full-colour images; icons, maps and concise text make identification simple.


Johan Marais:

Johan Marais, a leading reptile expert in Africa, is a conservationist, photographer and author of many books and scientific articles on the subject. He is CEO of the African Snakebite Institute and advises hospitals and clinics throughout Africa on snakes and snakebite and provides a variety of snake awareness and handling courses.