Book Review: Reptiles of Assam

Any book on wildlife fascinates me. Perhaps it is my hubby’s influence as he is a wildlife biologist or my own interest. But reptiles, especially snakes are something that causes severe phobia to me. However, when this book was up for review, I could not ignore it.
The book here for review is An Amateur’s Guide to Reptiles of Assam by Jayaditya Purakayashta. Assam is known for its bio-diversity and reptiles are part of it. The book is an account of various reptiles in this rich bio-diversity region. Here we go.
Name of the book: An Amateur’s Guide to Reptiles of Assam
Name of the author: Jayaditya Purakayashta
Name of the publisher: EBH Publishers (India)
ISBN: 978 93 83252 03 9
Price: Rs. 895.00

About the book
The book was written with support of the Help Earth, The Rufford Small Grant Foundation and The Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. As the name suggests it is a guide-book on the species of various reptiles found in Assam. The book has several chapters dedicated to the study area, about reptiles like snakes, lizard, crocodiles, gharial and most specially to snake bite management. The book also has information on conservation status of each reptile. It is also accompanied by photographs which connect to the readers in details.
About the author
The author is a researcher who has dedicated his whole heart in researching this subject of Herpetology. The author has stated that his main aim to write this book to encourage the youngsters to the subject. Again another motive of this book is to provide information on snake bite management.
My review
Now, my take on the book. The book is very nice to look at with extensive cover page and beautiful designing. The detailed study of the reptiles will definitely help the other researchers interested in this subject. But the segment that has worth mentioning is the chapter dedicated to snake bite management. This will be immense help to the common people who does not have anything to do with reptiles. The photography of the book is excellent. The readers who are interested in wildlife, this is a must for you guys.
My point to the book 4.5/5.
You can buy the book here.

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