A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Nature - 533 pages
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This third edition covers all the species of reptiles and amphibians found in western North America. More than 650 full-color paintings and photographs show key details for making accurate identifications. Up-to-date color range maps give species' distributions. Important information on conservation efforts and survival status rounds out the detailed species descriptions.

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My dad was a herpatologist. We spent our vacations in the desert catching lizards and snakes. This book always went everywhere with us. It is the best field guide out there!!

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You can't find a more comprehensive and detailed resource.


Map oj Area Covered ii
Introduction I
Making Captures i 5
Identification Keys 25
Frogs and Toads i 99
Turtles 246
Lizards 263
Snakes 340
Baja California Endemics
Amphibian Eggs and Larvae 433
Range Maps 464
Gossary 508

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Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon. The late Robert C. Stebbins was professor emeritus of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and curator emeritus of the University's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He authored over a dozen books plus numerous scientific papers and produced two documentaries. He was the foremost illustrator of North American amphibians and reptiles. In addition to his work in herpetology and vertebrate natural history, he devoted much of his life to promoting ecological literacy" in both young people and adults through seminars, workshops, and publications. His last work, Connecting with Nature: A Naturalist's Perspective, summarizes his work in this important area.

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