A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Maya world: the lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize

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Comstock Pub. Associates/Cornell University Press, 2000 - Nature - 402 pages
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The Yucatán Peninsula is today divided among Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. Travelers to this region discover both astonishing archaeological sites and a stunning array of wildlife, including crocodiles, turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, and salamanders. This book-written by the world's leading authority on the herpetology of the lowland Maya area-is the only comprehensive field guide to all the species of amphibians and reptiles found there. This field guide *allows identification of all native and introduced species of amphibians and reptiles of the region. *features nearly 180 color photographs and 180 drawings. *offers valuable techniques for field identification, and a glossary of herpetological terms. *provides in each species account: description, natural history, similar species, and geographic distribution (complete with maps of each animal's range). *includes suggested readings for those who want to know more about a particular species. *illustrates all tadpoles. *describes the most characteristic vocalizations of the reptiles and amphibians in the volume. *introduces the physical geography, climate, and vegetation of the region, with emphasis on the habitats of amphibians and reptiles.

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