The Dangerous Snakes of Africa (Paperback)
The definitive reference guide to all of Africa's venomous and dangerous snakesAfrica is home to several hundred snake species, including some of the world's most dangerous. The Dangerous Snakes of Africa is an indispensable guide to all 137 of these perilous species, both venomous and nonvenomous, and also looks at another 70 species that can be easily mistaken for them. All species accounts include details on identification, habitat, distribution, behavior, and venom, along with information on how to treat bites, a selection of photographs, and an accurate range map. Introductory sections discuss the major snake groups, their venom characteristics, how to avoid snake bites, and first-aid advice. Comprehensive and definitive, this is an essential guide for snake lovers and herpetologists, and a useful tool for naturalists, conservationists, educators, field workers, and medical personnel throughout Africa.
- Features all 137 species of dangerous snakes found in Africa
- Looks at venomous and nonvenomous varieties, including pythons and constrictors
- Includes details on identification, habitat, distribution, and behavior
- Introduces major snake groups, their venom characteristics, how to avoid snake bites, and first-aid advice
Stephen Spawls has spent several decades in Africa, focusing on herpetology. His books include Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa and Kenya: A Natural History. Bill Branch (1946-2018) was one of Africa's most well-known herpetologists. His books include Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa and Tortoises, Terrapins, and Turtles of Africa.