Reptiles and Amphibians
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1620082268
Illustrated with over 150 color photographs, Crested Geckos is an authoritative, visual guide to this very popular lizard species. For their amazing colors and patterns, low maintenance requirements, longevity, and attractive appearance, crested geckos have captured the fancy of hobbyists. Crested Geckos provides guidelines for keepers who wish to select a crested gecko to add to their vivarium and to maintain their pet in excellent health and condition. Author Philippe de Vosjoli provides an introduction to crested gecko, including information about purchasing a healthy pet, handling, heating and housing, water and feeding, life cycle and sexing, and breeding. A separate chapter on diseases and disorders provides solid info on the health needs of these rewarding reptiles, including recognizing signs of disease, tail loss and pelvic deformities. The author has also written two chapters devoted to the color of crested geckos, their most alluring feature for many herpetoculturists. The chapters include discussions of color changes (as the gecko matures) and morphs, heavily illustrated with photographs of unusually colored crested geckos. For crested gecko keepers looking to expand their home populations, a chapter on the Rhacodactylus species describes five species with similar requirements despite their significantly different appearances, from the medium-sized knobby-headed gargoyle gecko to the giant Rhacodactylus leachianus.
The Culinary Herpetologist
Paperback ISBN: 1932871063
This long awaited, second edition of Liner's "A Herpetological Cookbook" is greatly expanded with over 950 herpetological recipes. From historical recipes: Goanna (Aborigine style), Blackfeet Indian Jellied Snake, and Roasted poison Dart Frog (Campa Indian Style) to modern recipes: Turtle Croquettes, Zippy Alligator Dip, and Ampiuma a la Poulette this cookbook contains something for everyone. An entertaining, historically important treatise everyone interested in amphibians and reptiles should own.
The Lives Of Amphibians And Reptiles In An Amazonian Rainforest
Hardcover ISBN: 0801439973
Based on extensive fieldwork at the site, this is a major work, which presents detailed description and data of the geography of the area, the amphibians and reptiles that live there, and their habitat, food, calls, and habits. Initial chapters describe the physical environment, vegetation, and provide an overview of the herpetological assemblage, their abundance and mass, seasonal patterns, life in the environment, reproduction, biogeography, and the impact of various types of human activity. Accounts of 152 species fill the remainder of the volume, with lengthy treatment for each of identification, characteristics, occurrence, reproduction, advertisement call, tadpoles, and food. Color plates of all the species and the vegetation of the area are included. Duellman is emeritus curator of the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center of the U. of Kansas, where he is also emeritus professor to the department of ecology and evolutionary biology. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Love and Adventure Among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations
Hardcover ISBN: 1611458935
A born naturalist and a fearless traveler, Vladimir Dinets wrote travel guides, conducted field research, and lived a couple of lives before he was accepted into the PhD program in zoology at the University of Miami. He thought crocodiles were a dead-end research topic—survivors from the age of the dinosaurs but not much else—until he witnessed groups of up to seventy alligators performing mating choruses that included infrasound vibrations—a form of communication extremely rare in nature—and a “dance
Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder's Fork and Lizard's Leg
The Lore and Mythology of Amphibians and Reptiles
Hardcover ISBN: 022611600x
Frogs are worshipped for bringing nourishing rains, but blamed for devastating floods. Turtles are admired for their wisdom and longevity, but ridiculed for their sluggish and cowardly behavior. Snakes are respected for their ability to heal and restore life, but despised as symbols of evil. Lizards are revered as beneficent guardian spirits, but feared as the Devil himself. In this ode to toads and snakes, newts and tuatara, crocodiles and tortoises, herpetologist and science writer Marty Crump explores folklore across the world and throughout time. From creation myths to trickster tales; from associations with fertility and rebirth to fire and rain; and from the use of herps in folk medicines and magic, as food, pets, and gods, to their roles in literature, visual art, music, and dance, Crump reveals both our love and hatred of amphibians and reptiles—and their perceived power. In a world replete with home terrariums at the same time that we’re fighting invasive cane toads, and where public attitudes often dictate that the cute and cuddly receive conservation priority over the slimy and venomous, she shows how our complex and conflicting perceptions threaten the conservation of these ecologically vital animals. Sumptuously illustrated, Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder’s Fork and Lizard’s Leg is a beautiful and enthralling brew of natural history and folklore, sobering science and humor, that leaves us with one irrefutable lesson: love herps. Warts, scales, and all.
Field Guide to East African Reptiles
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1472935616
Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa remains the definitive work on this subject and is the only comprehensive guide to the extensive and diverse reptile fauna of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. The second edition has been revised and updated to account for several significant discoveries made since the publication of the first book. The detailed introduction is followed by individual accounts of all the chelonians, lizards, worm-lizards, crocodiles, and snakes of the region. Each photographically illustrated account describes the biology, ecology, habits, and habitat of a species, and also includes a distribution map. The new paperback format, as well as the revised text and all new photographs, make this edition the only single-source, practical field guide to east African reptiles.
A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World
The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize
Paperback ISBN: 0801485878
For travelers to the Yucatßn Peninsula, Lee (biology, U. of Miami) offers a guide to some of the slimier of creepy crawlies of the region. It allows the identification of all known native and introduced species of the two groups with explanatory text, and some 360 color photographs and drawings, including illustrations of all tadpoles. He also includes distribution maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians
Hardcover ISBN: 1770855939
The Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians covers every family, ranging from large, predatory constrictors and crocodilians to miniature tree frogs and salamanders. This third edition adds 32 extra pages to incorporate numerous important updatesbased on the latest scientific findings and interpretations. Big increases in the number of known families and species: 17 new families of amphibians and 18 new families of reptiles; Amphibian species are up from 6,182 to 7,387; Reptile species are up from 8,726 to 10,038. Frogs alone have gone up from 5,453 species to the currently agreed 6,508. Maps for all families of salamanders, frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes, and crocodilians. More than 320 stunning full-color photographs and illustrations. Information on current conservation and environmental concerns. Extinctions and Declining Amphibian Populations section and map.--