Drawing on the latest scientific research, the authors introduce the book with a discussion of reptile identification, diversity, biology, distribution patterns, and where to find and observe them, as well as unraveling the facts and fallacies of snakebites. Written in a lively and accessible way, the subsequent chapters offer insight into: . Identification to group level, with an inclusive list of related species . A detailed description of appearance, together with colorful images . Biology and behavior of each group . Conservation status of species . Reproduction details . Distribution Informative panels provide key information at a glance, with a distribution map and clear icons giving typical habitat and period of activity. A wealth of full-color photographs throughout brings the subject matter vividly to life. This book will appeal to all wildlife enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, and will prove to be a valuable guide in the field."