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A Pocket Book on Indian Reptiles: Crocodiles, Testudines, Lizards and Snakes

T.S.N. Murthy (Author)

There is an increasing demand for the reader-friendly books on Indian reptiles. This book, written in an easy-to-understand language and format, describes a majority of the most abundant and otherwise typical representatives of crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes that any citizen of the Republic of India is likely to encounter. The descriptions of reptiles are supplemented by as many illustrations as possible. Each species account, which pinpoints the distinctive features, colour, size, habitats, habits and distribution, is preceded by a brief summary of the classification upto the generic level and salient features of the group to which it (the species) belongs.

Additional information is given through remarks on the economic importance, threats and conservation of reptiles. For those who wish to extend their knowledge, a list of books has been suggested.

If this slender volume contributes in a small way to further the interest of Indians in reptiles which are becoming scarce due to human interference, it will have fulfilled its objective.

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About the author

T.S.N. Murthy

With his background as herpetologist of the Zoological Survey of India for over three decades, the author, T.S.N. Murthy, (born 1936) has vast exposure and experience in the studies on the taxonomy, distribution and ecology of the reptiles of India. What is more, he has a flair in presenting the reptiles the most misunderstand of  all animals- In a smooth reader friendly language. He has published 170 scientific articles covering all the Indian and foreign journals. His books ‘The Snake Books of India’ and Illustrated encyclopaedia of the reptiles of India have been widely acclaimed.

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Title A Pocket Book on Indian Reptiles: Crocodiles, Testudines, Lizards and Snakes
Author T.S.N. Murthy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.09.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Nature Books India
Language: English
isbn 9788190655125
length viii+88p., Figures; Colour Plates; 23cm.