Field Guide

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Field Guide

Postby Hobbes » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:13 am

What is the recommended field guide for South African reptiles? What do you use?

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Postby Bushbaby » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:16 am

I recommend Bill Branch's "Reptiles of Southern Africa". It's has all or most species in which occur throughout Southern Africa. It includes snakes, lizards, geckos, monitors and tortoises. Defenitly worth it.
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Postby froot » Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:51 am

Yes that's the reptile bible for me. I also keep a copy of Johan Marais 'Snakes of Southern Africa' close by.
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Re: Field Guide

Postby Snakes Incorporated » Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:42 pm

Hobbes wrote:What is the recommended field guide for South African reptiles? What do you use?

Jeff


A book is a guide but it is experience that is the teacher.
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Postby Moreliahunter » Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:19 am

Yeh, its people that dont read that get into trouble with their animals and then wonder why! I also have 20 years of experience, I also spent about R12000 last year on books from all over the world. Not TFH books. Proper books by proper scientists. You can neverknow everything from just experience. I will PM you mate. Ill tell you everything you want to know about where to go and who to talk to.
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Re: Field Guide

Postby Hobbes » Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:01 am

Snakes incorporated wrote:A book is a guide but it is experience that is the teacher.


Well sure, but when you are a newcomer to an entire continent, a book seems like a logical place to start! Experience can be a hard teacher too- could be too late to learn from the experience if I've just been bitten by a Black Mamba or something! LOL

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Re: Field Guide

Postby Bushbaby » Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:18 am

Hobbes wrote:
Snakes incorporated wrote:A book is a guide but it is experience that is the teacher.


Well sure, but when you are a newcomer to an entire continent, a book seems like a logical place to start! Experience can be a hard teacher too- could be too late to learn from the experience if I've just been bitten by a Black Mamba or something! LOL

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mmm.... to snakes inc... no comment. I wont go there.

Hobbes, you have made the right decision in trying to get a field guide first and to learn about the nasties, and the not so nasties.

I still stick to The Field Guide of Southern Africa by Bill Branch. Not sure of the whole name, will check it up tonight and let you know.
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Postby Snakes Incorporated » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:01 am

People do not get me wrong. Books are very important and yes, I read and collect as much info on the subject as I am able but the fact still remains.

We must use books as a guide as it is someone else’s experience and knowledge. This guide may assist us in our own husbandry but the reader must use discernment and apply it to his or her own circumstances.
A book and experience are not the same as applying that guide will not be the same for everyone.

Use an example. If someone reads a book on catching venomous snakes and then without any practical knowledge goes out and catches mamba? :?: :?:
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:03 am

Snakes Incorporated wrote:Use an example. If someone reads a book on catching venomous snakes and then without any practical knowledge goes out and catches mamba? :?: :?:


... then they deserve to be removed from the gene pool!! :twisted:
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Postby Snakes Incorporated » Mon Sep 26, 2005 9:28 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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