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Snakes of Central and Western Africa


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Identification of African Snakes
Chapter 2. Evolution of African Snakes
Chapter 3. Biogeography of African Snakes
Chapter 4. Snakebite in Sub-Saharan Africa
Chapter 5. Families Typhlopidae and Leptotyphlopidae
Chapter 6. Families Boidae and Pythonidae
Chapter 7. Family Viperidae
Chapter 8. Family Elapidae
Chapter 9. Family Lamprophiidae: Subfamilies Atractaspidinae and Aparallactinae
Chapter 10. Family Lamprophiidae: Subfamilies Lamprophiinae, Pseudoxyrhophiinae, and Pseudaspidinae
Chapter 11. Family Lamprophiidae: Subfamilies Psammophiinae and Prosymninae
Chapter 12. Family Colubridae: Subfamily Natricinae
Chapter 13. Family Colubridae: Subfamilies Colubrinae and Grayiinae

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The first-and only-authoritative guide to the snakes of Central and Western Africa.

About the Author

Jean-Philippe Chippaux is a director of research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, a leading expert on venomous snakes and snakebites, and the author of Snake Venoms and Envenomations. Kate Jackson is an associate professor of biology at Whitman College, a leading expert on African snakes and the herpetology of Central Africa, and the author of the scientific memoir Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo.


[Chippaux and Jackson] combine their capabilities to produce a comprehensive volume with accounts for nearly 300 species of snakes from the west and central African region. The book is intended as an identification guide for both the seasoned herpetologist as well as the beginner . . . For those working in the region and needing to identify specimens, the book would surely be a valuable addition to one's reference library.

-- Krystal A. Tolley * Copeia *

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