A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Maya world: the lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize
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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17 rows Ameiva Anal plate Anole Anole Norops arboreal Atlantic slope base of Yucatan Belize Belize Map blotches body smooth Campeche carapace Central America Chiapas clutch color Coral Snake cream dark brown digits distinct from neck Distribution diurnal dorsal scales dorsal view dorsolateral elevations on Atlantic Feeds forest frogs Gecko genus gray Guatemala Identification Iguana inhabitant invertebrates keeled labial scales larger than males light limbs lizards Low and moderate Maya Maya Mountains Mexico middorsal moderate elevations Natural History nocturnal Norops Pacific slope percent of SVL Peten pigment plastron posterior predominantly pupils round Quintana Roo Rainfrog rows at midbody rows of scales scales at midbody Scales on upper scutes Similar Species slender Snakes Genus snout southern specimens spots subspecies subspecies recognized supralabial scales surface of head surfaces of body Tadpole terrestrial toads tropical tubercles undersurfaces of body upper surfaces ventral scales Veracruz vocal yellow yellowish Yucatan Peninsula