This handbook is the first complete guide to the herpetofauna of northeast Africa, covering seven countries – Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.
The seven countries of north-east Africa – Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia – share a remarkably diverse landscape, and the region is home to a vast array of herpetofauna, from the Variable Green Toad to the Congo Hinged Terrapin, the Nubian Pigmy Gecko and the Pasteur’s Desert Racer.
This handbook is the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference to all 114 species of amphibian and 458 species of reptile known from the region, including caecilians, frogs, turtles and tortoises, lizards, crocodiles and snakes. Featuring more than 950 photos, Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa includes information on identification, habitat and distribution, behaviour, and best locations to see species, as well as up-to-date species maps. Supporting chapters cover the region’s habitats, conservation, and safety when observing and handling amphibians and reptiles.
This is an essential resource for anyone interested in the unique and extraordinarily diverse herpetofauna of north-east Africa.
Table of Contents
How to use this book
What are amphibians and reptiles?
Northeast Africa: the landscape and zoogeography of the herpetofauna
Observing, gathering data and collecting reptiles
Amphibian and reptile conservation
Some brief notes on amphibian and reptile taxonomy
Identifying amphibians and reptiles
Safety; observing and handling amphibians and reptiles; snakebite
Further reading and resources