This is the definitive color field guide to Indian snakes aimed at both amateurs and specialists. It concisely describes more than 150 species of snakes, both venoous and non venomous. Many of the species covered are also found in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Snake identification is made easy thorugh stunning photographs and includes many of the color variations found in Indian snakes. Each species account includes description, scalation, natural history, a distribution map and look-alikes. Other sections include snakebite, snake people in India, laws protecting snakes and a complete, up to date, checklist. Romulus Whitaker has spent the last 50 years wandering around India looking at snakes. He has eritten extensively and produced award-winning documentaries about reptiles. He lives on a snake infested farm in South India. Ashok Captain is an ophidian taxonomist and photographer who is either in the hill forests if India´s remote norheast or the specimen rooms at the Bombay Natural History Society. He is particularly fond of the monsoons, umbrellas and leeches. Each book you buy contributes to the printing of "Snakes of India" in 15 Indian languages.