This book presents a field guide to the snakes of
India. It is intended to create and further an interest in Indian snakes. it
describes concisely thirty of the common species of Indian snakes, venomous and
nonvenomous, and makes easy identification possible through clear photographs.
The main text provides a key and an authoritative account of size, distribution,
habits, habitat, food and status of each snake.
The subsequent chapters
discuss some of the general facts about snakes, symptoms and remedies of
snakebite and statistics of snakebite. The book also includes a checklist of the
snakes in India, a list of vernacular snake names, a rainfall chart and a key to
the identification of snakes.
About the Author :
Romulus Whitaker started the Madras Snake Park in
1969 and is at present the Honorary Director of the Madras Crocodile Bank which
he started in 1975. Born in America, Whitaker came to India in 1951 and has
spent his life working on research and conservation of reptiles. He is the
author of hundreds of popular scientific articles and several books on the
subject and now makes documentary films.
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