This useful guide provides a comprehensive overview of the wide variety of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles and tortoises to be found in Sri Lanka. Over 130 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 snake's natural habitat. The guide looks at the more common species as well as focusing on some of the rarer, and in some cases highly endangered, species.
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 Snakes and Other Reptiles of India (New Holland) 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.