Snakes are feared around the world. In some countries, such as Panama and Costa Rica, this comes from the presence of venomous snakes that bite and, in some cases, kill people. In truth, the majority of snakes are not a threat to humans, and all are fascinating animals that deserve our protection and understanding.
After much time a field guide has been written to help local residents, tourists, students, and researchers who study organisms other than snakes to identify the venomous snakes and their mimics in Panama and Costa Rica. The Venomous Snakes and their Mimics of Panama and Costa Rica/Las Culebras Venenosas y sus Mímicas de Panamá y Costa Rica by Julie M. Ray and James L. Knight is a bilingual (English and Spanish) field guide that contains species accounts for 56 snakes, each with a range map prepared by Patty Ruback. The book has over 150 color photographs and simple taxonomic keys to help readers narrow down their choices when identifying a species. This up-to-date guide is complete with valuable information on how to co-exist with snakes, either as a resident or visitor, and listings of hospitals by province.
The guide is now available in print and electronic formats through a variety of markets worldwide. Remember that you can download the free Kindle software to your computer, tablet, or phone so you do not need to have a Kindle in order to utilize the electronic format.
Proceeds from the book are going towards further snake conservation, research, and education by Team Snake Panama, not only in an effort to help save snakes, but to reduce unnecessary snakebites that humans suffer each day in Panama and Costa Rica.