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Herpetology of Nepal: A study of amphibians and reptiles of Trans-Himalayan Region of Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bhutan Hardcover – 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bimla Shrestha (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9993351938
  • ISBN-13: 978-9993351931
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,503,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Tej Kumar Shrestha
Ph.D., D.Sc., CBiol., FIBiol., F.L.S. (London)

Tej Kumar Shrestha was born in Baglung, Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal. He initially learned his ecology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Bhopal University, India and at University of Arkansas, USA. He made field ornithology and ecology as a part of his investigation leading to D.Sc. degree of Bhopal University, India, which was awarded in 1994. This growing interest led him to study wildlife spanning over thirty years. He has held many distinguished positions. He is now Professor of Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University and Visiting Professor of Ecology, Bhopal University, India. He was Head of Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University.

He was Coordinator Wetland and Heritage Program of IUCN, Nepal. He was also Associate Member of Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (RONAST). He is member of British Ornithologists' Union (BOU), World Pheasant Association (WPA), International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), and Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). He was elected as Chartered Biologist and Fellow of Institute of Biology, UK, Fellow of Linnean Society of London, Fellow of Zoological Society of London, Foreign Secretary of Zoological Society of India and Life Member of Bombay Natural History Society of India.

Dr. Shrestha was founder member of Bird Watching Club of Nepal and has been closely associated with wildlife conservation movement of the country for over last two decades. Dr. Shrestha has extensively travelled around Himalayan passes, mountains, rivers and forests of Nepal. He visited USA, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Finland and New Zealand participating in study tours, expeditions, conferences and lecture tours.

He has contributed scientific papers and articles on wildlife ecology and behaviour in national and international journals. His popular articles have appeared on radio and TV in Nepal and abroad. He is author of fourteen outstanding books on wildlife and natural resources. He serves IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) as a member in different specialist groups.

Published Books
* Ichthyology of Nepal, 2008
* Wildlife of Nepal, 1981 (First Edition), 2003 (Second Edition)
* Herpetology of Nepal, 2001
* Birds of Nepal. Volume 2, 2001
* Birds of Nepal. Volume 1, 2000
* Spiny Babbler: An Endemic Bird of Nepal, 1998
* Mammals of Nepal, 1997
* The Mahseer in the Rivers of Nepal, 1997
* The Ganges River Dolphin, 1995
* Fish Catching in the Himalayan Waters of Nepal, 1995.
* Encounter with the Himalayan Wildlife, 1994.
* Ecology of the Mahseer in the Himalayan Waters of Nepal, 1994.
* Introduction to Fish Culture English 1993,(in Nepali Language, 1990)
* Dolphins and Whales (Nepali Language), 1990.
* Resource Ecology of Himalayan Waters, 1990.
* The Environment of Suklaphanta, 1977.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smoochy on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'll come right out and say it - the captions for the pictures in this book are the greatest I've ever seen. Get this book just for them. The language barrier allows for great one liners such as "Rock agma basking on the sun", "Wild and Acenic Arun River Chutes Down in to deep gorge near Golga village with terrific roar and the thunder.", "Ready for sucking spermatophores", "Snake man wearing cobra blowing his flute semi-terrestrial", and my favorite "Its tail is brown with black mark, which made the snake quite dreadful."
While I doubt I could do any better authoring in many other languages, I sure got a good chuckle out of this book. The main body of text has a few errors on each page but is mostly clean and well written.

As far as content, many facts may not be true. The author states the book is to inform the people of Nepal of the local fauna, but continues the myth that varanids are "quite poisonous." Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information out there on herps of this region. While a lot may be out of date at this point, I applaud the effort and sentiment. This is a great first step.

As far as formatting, this book is difficult to use. There are no page headings Names are a bit strange, and strange murals and diagrams are found in the text. Pictures change from color to black and white halfway through the plates, and follow a completely different format like two books were stuck together. Species accounts are punctuated by sidebars like "Ranching Crocodiles in Himalayan Waters" and sections on how to build a turtle breeding pond. (By the way, you'll notice that the turtle park and crocodile park diagram are the same, with different cartoon animals drawn in over top)

Also, no range maps. =(

Overall: A totally bizarre book that is a great step towards a comprehensive guide to Nepal.
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