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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"This exceptionally well laid out field guide allows the easy identification of all native and introduced species of amphibians and reptiles of the region. . . A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World is a 'must' for any personal, professional, or academic library collection of natural history and herpetology reference works."—James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

"This guide is highly recommended for anyone traveling to the Yucatan to study, research, or enjoy its natural history, and for armchair naturalists who enjoy amphibians and reptiles."—Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist. Autumn, 2000.

"Lee's Amphibians and Reptiles of the Yucatan Peninsula needs only time to become a classic. His latest, under review, retains much of the earlier work's content but is rewritten, compacted and intended primarily for field use. . . Highly recommended. Undergraduates through faculty."—Choice, January 2001

"This is a wonderfully complete book of interesting information about tropical reptiles and amphibians, not just a guide to their identification. I recommend it highly."—Carol B. Knox, Northfield-Mount Hermon School. Science Books and Films, April 2001

"A Field Guild to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World. . . Is compact and easy to handle. . . Some 188 species are covered. . . and virtually all are illustrated in color photos. . . Highly recommended."—Reptile and Amphibian Hobbyist, August 2001

"Undoubtedly a worthy volume for any library."—John P. Levell, Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society, Vol. 36, No. 5, May 2001

"The illustrations are excellent, the writing is clear and informative, and Julian Lee is superbly qualified to produce a field guide for the entire Yucatán Peninsula."—Harry W. Greene, Cornell University, author of Snakes

"This is a great field guide. It is concise, contains beautiful illustrations, scientific jargon is kept to a minimum, and the introduction is especially well done. The sections on habitats and environment really make the book stand out among field guides, and Julian Lee's section on how to use this book is so well written that you likely do not need the glossary. The species accounts are structured in such a way that identification is almost assured, and especially so with the accompanying illustration."—James R. Dixon, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University

"A splendid field guide, fortified by the most outstanding line drawings of herps—especially snakes—of any modern herpetological work. Don't miss them! They could well become highly valued collector's items."—Hobart M. Smith, University of Colorado

"Julian Lee is recognized as the leading authority on the amphibians and reptiles of the Yucatán Peninsula. This book makes his expertise available to a wider audience, without sacrificing the high level of scholarship that is the hallmark of his work. Casual visitors, dedicated ecotourists, and professional biologists will all find this to be an invaluable guide to a group of animals that has figured prominently in the ecological fabric of the region and in the lives of its native peoples."—Alan H. Savitzky, Old Dominion University, Past President, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Booknews
For travelers to the Yucat<'a>n 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)
From The Critics
A Field Guide To The Amphibians And Reptiles Of The Maya World is a comprehensive survey of the crocodiles, turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, and salamanders found in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. This exceptionally well laid out field guide allows the easy identification of all native and introduced species of amphibians and reptiles of the region; is enhanced with 180 color photographs and 180 drawings; provides valuable techniques for field identification; includes a glossary of herpetological terms; and for each species gives a full description, natural history, and geographic distribution information (complete with maps). There are suggested readings for those who want to know more about a particular species, even descriptions of the most characteristic vocalizations of the reptiles and amphibians surveyed. A Field Guide To The Amphibians And Reptiles Of The Maya World is a "must" for any personal, professional, or academic library collection of natural history and herpetology reference works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485879
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    Excellent Field Guide

    A wonderfully descriptive book that allows easy identification of all herps in the Yucatan. Excellent color photos and drawings. Also contains info on natural history of all species and good references.

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