The titles of some new books awake big expectations. For me this book was just such a case. As an expert dealing with reptilian parasites, primarily apicomplexans, I was looking forward to the book very much. When it arrived, I was a bit disappointed. The lack of color and the scarcity of photographs did little to fulfill my expectations. Despite this, I wanted to give the book a second chance based on its content. To my pleasant surprise, I found the overall content quite informative, yet there are several comments I wish to make.

The introduction of this paperback expresses the authors' intentions to write a book that focuses on coccidia of snakes as an essential part of our natural ecosystems. In addition, they briefly depict their views on the origin and evolution of snakes. After clarifying what the authors...

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