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.
|List of Illustrations||vii|
|Foreword by Prof. Carl Gans||xi|
|1.||The Nonvenomous Snakes||1|
|2.||The Venomous Snakes||47|
|3.||General Facts about Snakes||73|
|Mating, Birth and Growth||79|
|Enemies and Defence||83|
|Conservation of Snakes||86|
|Recent Wildlife and Export Laws||88|
|Collection and Study of Snakes||89|
|Myths and Beliefs||91|
|5.||Checklist of the Snakes of India||106|
|6.||Vernacular Snake Names||134|
|8.||Identification of Snakes||139|
Item Code: IDE920 Author: Romuhus Whitaker Cover: Paperback Edition: 2008 Publisher: Macmillan India Ltd. ISBN: 9781403929556 Language: English Size: 8.5" X 5.5" Pages: 168 (B & W Illus: 55) Other Details: weight of book 158 gms