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VINE VOICEon 29 July 2010
This is a very good book, covering a huge geographical area. (The well known herpetologist Dr. Das has conributed much already to the known reptile species of this area.)
Instead of photographs the book has opted for well executed paintings, produced by wildlife artists. However there are some glaring typographical errors, particularly the colour plate showing the Pythons. Species Names are mixed up on this page and will require attention on the next reprint. This does not detract from the main object of the book, and is easily attended to by amatuer herpetologist lay readers. the book covers information on Identification, habitat, distribution and behaviour. The 11 page bibliography is a very useful resource and attests to the huge undertaking this book must have been.
My only complaint (apart from the typos) is the books claim to being a Field Guide, it is a little too large to fit that description. However it is highly recommended and is a much needed single volume for South East Asia.
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on 7 February 2012
Serious book, superbly illustrated, about a subject original and not for all people. Maybe a little difficult to use, because of the distance between plates and commentaries. A book to own if you're not only interested in "lions of the Serengeti".
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on 12 August 2011
This book is indeed a much needed and very welcome first one to cover all known species of reptiles from mainland SE Asia and the Greater Sundas.
All species are shown on color plates, with more detailed descriptions of their appearance, habitat, behavior and conservation status, distribution (without maps) to be found separately at the back of the book.
So far so good!
Unfortunately, while all this makes for a very interesting overview of the region's herpetofauna, the book's usefulness as an actual field guide is undermined by the fact that the illustrations are often too few, poor or inaccurate to let you identify even some very common species, and worse still, there are no keys provided to aid identification either.
For the Sunda subregion (Malay peninsula and the Greater Sundas), the more professionally compiled German language guide Amphibien und Reptilien Südostasiens. can be much more useful, with keys and distribution maps, and quality photos of most species.
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on 30 January 2011
I'm nature film maker and CITES expert. This book make me happy, becouse is compedium of reptiles from the region. This is first book in english (former were very good but in german only) which describe so completely reptiles of SE Asia. I spent a lot of time in the joungles of the region and I was unsatisfy becouse were only the books about the reptiles from each country but not from the region. Now I wait for book about amphibians from SE Asia :-)

Maurice
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