Contents: Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Structure, habits and diversity of Indian reptiles. 3. An updated checklist of the reptiles of India. 4. Descriptions of common reptiles: i. Crocodiles. ii. Turtles and tortoises. iii. Lizards. iv. Snake. 5. Threats, economic importance and conservation. 6. Historical review. 7. Keys to the common reptiles of India. Glossary of technical terms. Literature cited. Bibliography. Appendices.
"Written with the avowed objective of sustaining the newly generated interest among Indians about their rich heritage of reptiles, bulk of the book deals with one hundred species of common forms of reptiles found in the plains, forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, seas, islands and the desert of the Republic of India. The descriptive accounts of species pinpoint the distinguishing characteristics, habits, colouration, size and geographical range. The text also provides the common names and Vernacular names wherever available. Additional information is given through different chapters that deal with the classification, reptilian biodiversity, economic importance and conservation, historical review and the keys to the identification of the common species. An extensive bibliography is also added. Photographs in black and white enable the user to identify a specimen quickly, and the concise organization and detailed index ensure ready access to all information." (jacket)