This is a handy and helpful guide to identifying venomous snakes from all over the world. The snakes are grouped by geographic locations, making it easier to identify a certain type of species, with beautiful, full-color photographs taken by the author.

One great point made in the book is how snakes are misunderstood. Most people are not aware of their importance in nature. "Many people fear snakes and see it as their duty to rid the planet, or at least their small patch of it, of the accursed serpent before it has the chance to turn the tables." The book will help educate people about the role of a snake in the environment. One way to help snakes is to educate people.

Another great point: "Snakes do not 'dislocate' their jaws, a process that would render them useless, they articulate them on the ball and socket joint where the jaw is hinged on the skull." So many people believe otherwise. Anyone who has seen a snake consume prey would deduce that they dislocate.

I have been working with snakes since the mid-1990s, but this book has taught me some new things, for example that snakes shed (slough) their tongues. This book has tons of great information for experts or for new snake enthusiasts.

There are a couple of changes that I would make, like placing the Global Distribution of Venomous Snakes map in the beginning of the book instead of the back, which would make it more user friendly. In addition, there should be pictures with labels of a snake's jaw and skeleton in the book's anatomy section. This would make the text more understandable.

This book could be used by professors who take their students on field studies or to teach the biology of snakes.