This useful guide provides a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles and tortoises to be found in India. Over 240 species, primarily native but with the odd exotic, are included in the book. Each description is supported by a clear colour photograph taken where possible in the creature's natural Indian habitat. The guide looks at the more common species such as the Travancore Wolf Snake and the Indian Black Turtle and also focuses on some of the rarer, and in some cases highly endangered, species such as the King Cobra, the unique Gharial crocodile and the Indian Star Tortoise.
Indraneil Das studied at the Universities of Calcutta and Oxford, receiving a doctoral degree in zoology from the latter institution in 1991. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, and a Research Fellow at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. At present, he is Associate Professor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Editor of the herpetological journal, Hamadryad. Indraneil Das is author of a number of other titles including books on the turtles of India, of Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo, a work on the biogeography of the reptiles of southern Asia, and one on ethnoherpetology.