Darren Pietersen is a herpetologist specialising in African reptiles and amphibians. He is a freelance consultant, and a research associate in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria.

  • Pocket Guide Snakes & Other Reptiles of Zambia & Malawi

    Zambia and Malawi are home to 240 reptile species, of which 114 are snakes, 108 lizards, 14terrapins and tortoises, and 2 crocodiles. Of these, 15 species occur nowhere else on Earth.

    The first accessible pocket guide to the reptiles of these two tropical countries describes 186 of the most commonly encountered and colourful species, as well as those that are less conspicuous, rare and endemic to the region. A brief, informative introduction details the region’s reptile diversity and habitat types and outlines different venom types and snakebite treatments.

    Handy and compact, this up-to-date guide makes a trusted travelling companion on trips to the wildlife areas, parks and reserves of these two spectacular countries.

    – Succinct species descriptions cover key identification features.
    – Clear full-colour photographs accompany species descriptions.
    – Up-to-date distribution maps show the range of each species.
    – Symbols for snake species denote the level of danger each snake’s venom poses for humans, from harmless to life-threatening.

  • Snakes and other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi

    Zambia and Malawi are home to 240 known snake, lizard, terrapin, tortoise and crocodile species. Snakes and other Reptiles of Zambia and Malawi is the first field guide to describe every species of reptile known to occur in this region – including 14 endemics and several new discoveries.

    – Comprehensive descriptions of each order, suborder, family, genus and species.
    – Species descriptions cover identifying features, behaviour, prey and predators, reproduction, range, and danger to humans.
    – Accounts are supported by stunning colour photographs and up-to-date distribution maps that draw on over 16,000 recorded observations.
    – Dichotomous identi cation keys guide users to the correct genus and species.
    – Introduction includes clear diagrams of morphological features and unpacks the region’s biogeography and diverse habitat types, di erent venom types and the basic principles of snakebite treatment.