Common Indian Snakes: A Field Guide

Common Indian Snakes: A Field Guide

Item Code: IDE920
Author: Romuhus Whitaker
Publisher: Macmillan India Ltd
Language: English
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 9781403929556
Pages: 168 (B & W Illus: 55)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 160 gm
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From the Jacket :

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 Illustrationsvii
Foreword by Prof. Carl Gansxi
1.The Nonvenomous Snakes1
2.The Venomous Snakes47
3.General Facts about Snakes73
Mating, Birth and Growth79
Enemies and Defence83
Conservation of Snakes86
Recent Wildlife and Export Laws88
Collection and Study of Snakes89
Myths and Beliefs91
First Aid95
Anti-venom Serum99
Country Remedies99
Snakebite Statistics102
5.Checklist of the Snakes of India106
6.Vernacular Snake Names134
7.Rainfall Chart137
8.Identification of Snakes139

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