Australian Lizards: A Natural History

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Csiro Publishing, 2012 - Nature - 196 pages
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The extraordinary lives of lizards remain largely hidden from human eyes. Lizards feed, mate, lay eggs or give live birth, and carefully manage their temperatures. They struggle to survive in a complex world of predators and competitors.

The nearly 700 named Australian species are divided into seven families: the dragons, monitors, skinks, flap-footed lizards and three families of geckos. Using a vast array of artful strategies, lizards have managed to find a home in virtually all terrestrial habitats. Australian Lizards: A Natural History takes the reader on a journey through the remarkable life of lizards. It explores the places in which they live and what they eat, shows how they make use of their senses and how they control their temperatures, how they reproduce and how they defend themselves.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 400 color photographs, this book reveals behavioral aspects never before published, offering a fascinating glimpse into the unseen lives of these reptiles. It will appeal to a diverse readership, from those with a general interest in natural history to the seasoned herpetologist.
 

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Contents

Meet the lizards
1
Where lizards live
21
Form and function
51
sight scent and sound
65
How lizards manage their temperatures
75
How lizards protect themselves
89
What lizards eat
109
How lizards manage their water
133
How lizards are made
139
The fate of Australian lizards
165
Glossary
175
References
177
Index
185
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Steve K. Wilson has written numerous feature articles on natural history and has authored or co-authored seven books on Australian reptiles. He holds one of the largest private libraries of Australian reptile images, as well as natural history photographs from excursions through South-East Asia, South Asia,Melanesia, Central America, Madagascar, Africa and Europe. He has worked as an information officer at the Queensland Museum for more than 25 years.

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