A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia by Indraneil Das | New Holland | September 2010 | Hardback | 376 pages | 74 colour plates | RRP: £34.99 | ISBN 9781847733474

South-East Asia is one of the richest parts of the world in terms of reptiles.

This first comprehensive guide to the reptiles of this region covers all the reptiles recorded from mainland South-East Asia, from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia to Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the islands of the Great Sundas (including Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Bali).

A detailed account with key identification characteristics, habitat and behaviour is included for each species, from crocodiles, tortoises and turtles, to lizards and snakes.

Every recognized species is described, and 74 magnificent specially commissioned colour plates by top wildlife artists depict 700 major species in meticulous detail. Where useful, details such as plastrons (for turtles and tortoises), juveniles, variants and head patterns are also shown on the plates.

So those of you who, like me, like to know what other taxa they saw on a foreign trip in addition to the birds, will find a lot of answers here.


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