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The Serpent's Tongue. A contribution to the ethnoherpetology of India and adjacent countries by Indraneil Das.


South Asia supports a sixth of the human race, and is home to some of the world's most ancient civilisations. The region also has a highly diverse herpetofauna. This book is a contribution to the ethnobiology and herpetology of the region, being a compilation of vernacular names of amphibians and reptiles in the Indian region (including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), with a discussion of their origin. Over 1700 names that refer to in excess of 280 species are listed: in 70 languages and dialects. For every species, the current scientific name, authority, recommended English name, distribution and a listing of vernacular names in the region is provided. The work records many unpublished names for posterity. A few were spoken by tribes that are now extinct. A valuable source for everyone interested in South Asian herpetology.



The Serpent's Tongue. A contribution to the ethnoherpetology of India

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