Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico / Edition 2

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Amphibians and reptiles thrive in New Mexico's many landscapes and varied environments. In all, the state has 123 species, an assemblage of 3 salamanders, 23 frogs and toads, 10 turtles, 41 lizards, and 46 snakes. In this comprehensive guide, each species is presented in a color photograph and its distribution shown on a map. Technical art supplements, identification keys, and line art complement family descriptions. For each species, the following is provided: type, distribution, description, similar species, systematics, habitat, behavior, reproduction, food habits, and references.

The detailed descriptions add to our knowledge about the region's herpetofauna, which will aid students, herpetologists, and resource managers. The book is also of great benefit to non-specialists, including casual hikers, since the authors write in accessible language that makes for easy identification of species.

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Editorial Reviews

Great Plains Research
. . . a tremendous value. It is truly a beautiful book, filled with detailed systematic, distribution, and life-history data, and complemented by excellent artwork, maps, and photographs.
Herpetological Review
Both amateur and professional herpetologists should buy this book. . . . concise, well-written . . . an excellent book. . . . [it] will be the standard reference for the New Mexico herpetofauna for many years.
Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society
. . . highly informative, . . . filled with important taxonomic and life history data and is an indispensable work on the herpetofauna of New Mexico, as well as an important addition to anyone having a vested interest in the southwestern United States.
Las Cruces Sun-News
If you've been wondering what's hoping or slithering around your back yard or favorite hiking trail, this is the book for you. There are helpful color photos, maps and drawings to aid in identification, along with a glossary, index and bibliography.
Bloomsbury Review
I heartily recommend this masterful compendium to anyone who cherishes the Land of Enchantment.
Environmental Conservation
...a top quality guide to the herpetofauna of New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826338112
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 507
  • Sales rank: 1,555,265

Meet the Author

William Degenhardt is professor emeritus of biology at UNM and curator emeritus at the Museum of Southwestern Biology.

Charles W. Painter is a herpetologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He resides in Albuquerque

Andrew H. Price is a herpetologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin and a research associate at the Texas Memorial Museum, University of Texas.

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Table of Contents

A physiographic sketch of New Mexico 1
A brief history of herpetology in New Mexico 7
A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles 11
A key to the tadpoles and salamander larvae 15
A key to the salamanders 17
A key to the toads and frogs 31
A key to the turtles 93
A key to the lizards 125
A key to the snakes 251
Amphibians and reptiles of questionable occurrence in New Mexico 359
List of scientific and common plant names used in the text 363
List of museum symbolic codes 365
Conversion table 431
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