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Snakes of India: The Field Guide

Ashok Captain (Author) Romulus Whitaker (Author)

This is the definitive color field guide to Indian snakes aimed at both amateurs and specialists. It concisely describes more than 150 species of snakes, both venomous and non venomous. Many of the species convered are also found in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Snake identification is made easy through stunning photographs and includes many of the color variations found in Indian snakes. Each species account includes description, scalation, natural history, a distribution map and look-alikes. Other sections include snakebite, snake people in India, laws protecting snakes and a complete, up to date checklist.

Romulus Whitaker has spent the last 50 years wandering around India looking at snakes. He has written extensively and produced award-winning documentaries about reptiles. He lives on a snake infested farm in South India.

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About the authors

Ashok Captain

Ashok Captain is an ophidian taxonomist and photographer who is either in the hill forests of India's remote northeast or the specimen rooms at the Bombay Natural History Society. He is particularly fond of the monsoons, umbrellas and leeches.

Romulus Whitaker

Remulus Whitaker was born in New York, USA in 1943 and was brought to India by his American mother and Indian stepfather in 1951. After finishing high school in South India, he went to college at the university of Wyoming and spent several years working as a merchant seaman, salesman and a stint in the US Army. Rom started the madras Snake park in 1970, Madras Crocodile Bank in 1976, the Irula Snake-catchers Cooperative in 1978, a research base in the Andaman island in 1990 and another in Agumbe, Karnataka in 2005. he has published several hundred scientific and popular articles, made 20 documentaries and one children's feature film and written several books.

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Bibliographic information

Title Snakes of India: The Field Guide
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition Reprint
Publisher Draco Books
Language: English
isbn 8190187325, 9788190187329
length xiv+385p., Figures; Colour Plates; Maps; Index; 22cm.