The Serpent's Tongue: A Contribution to the Ethnoherpetology of India and Adjacent Countries is a compilation of vernacular names of amphibians and reptiles in the Indian region (including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), with a discussion of their origin. Over 1700 names that reer to in excess of 280 species are listed; these are derived from 70 local languages. For ever species, the current scientific name, authority, recommended English name, distribution and a listing of vernacular names are the source of the current generic or specific names.
The work records many unpublished names for posterity. A few were spoken by tribes that are now extinct, and will also be of use to biologists conducting field research and to anthropologists interested in knowing names of species that are often of great ecological and economic importance.
Indraneil Das. 122 pages. 1998. Softcover. ISBN - 3930612186