February 03, 2024

Most slithery new book

Title:  The Snakes of Laos
By: Patrick David, Alexandre Teynié, Gernot Vogel
Publisher, Year:  Edition Chimaira, 2023
ISBN:  9783-89973-129-3
Price:  258€

The Snakes of Laos book cover
If you're into snakes found in Laos and have a few hundred dollars to put down, then this book could be for you.  Not only is the price jaw-dropping but physically it comes in at a whopping 4.3kg (9.5Ibs) and contains 900+ pages that's chalk full of details and pictures.

This book is likely to be the most definitive publication on this reptile for the country of Laos and will likely become the go-to reference for years to come for anyone looking for information on snakes found in the region.  The level of research and detail is impressive.

From the publisher:

This book deals with the 125 snake species known to inhabit Laos as of 2023. It is largely based on the literature, but also on the results of many field trips in Laos and long-lasting investigations of specimens deposited in numerous worldwide collections conducted by the three authors. As a result, a wealth of new and unpublished data are available for the snakes of this still poorly-known country. In contrast to many books mainly concentrating on pictures, each species and subspecies account includes the systematics, nomenclature, extensive discussion about the synonyms and the taxonomic history, detailed morphological descriptions, distribution, both general and within the borders of Laos, biology, legal protection, snakebites if necessary, and relevant bibliographical references. 

Up to 12 pages (Ophiophagus hannah or Trimeresurus albolabris), but usually 10 pages cover each species. Besides species, families, and genera are also discussed. In the case of genera, the systematics, synonyms, diagnoses, and contents are provided. Dot maps are presented for every species. An extensive introduction covers all aspects of the geography, climate, ecoregions, habitats, and history of herpetology in Laos. A key to Laotian families and species is provided. An extensive bibliography concludes the volume before an index. There is hardly any recent regional work about snakes with such an amount of information. Although this book mainly focuses on Laotian snakes, it will undoubtedly be useful to herpetologists of adjacent countries, and, therefore, it will serve as a reference and baseline for herpetological research not only in Laos but in the whole Oriental Region.

The Snakes of Laos book sample page

Publisher's Link:  Edition Chimaira

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