Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2
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Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians / Edition 2

by Chris Mattison
     
 

ISBN-10: 1554073669

ISBN-13: 9781554073665

Pub. Date: 09/12/2008

Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited

The latest findings, brought vividly to life.

This highly acclaimed encyclopedia combines authoritative, easy-to-read essays with exciting photographs showing reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. Illustrations explain anatomy and biological features, and maps show world distribution of species. Commissioned articles by scientists,

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Overview

The latest findings, brought vividly to life.

This highly acclaimed encyclopedia combines authoritative, easy-to-read essays with exciting photographs showing reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. Illustrations explain anatomy and biological features, and maps show world distribution of species. Commissioned articles by scientists, zoologists and researchers provide the latest findings and interpretations of data.

Each species listing has a "factfile" of essential data: scientific order and population; distribution (with a color-coded map) and habitat; size and color; reproduction and life cycle; longevity and conservation status.

All status descriptions have been updated in this revised edition, which also includes:

  • Descriptions of all new families of amphibians and reptiles
  • Updated range maps for all families
  • Revised family relationship diagrams in light of current taxonomic understanding
  • New species and genus totals for all groups.

Authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful, this landmark volume is strongly recommended for anyone with a keen interest in amphibians and reptiles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554073665
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2008
Edition description:
Second edition, revised and updated
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

AMPHIBIANS
Classification and Taxonomy
A Key Amphibian Event
Kaleidoscopic Adaptation
Conscientious Parents
Amphibian Population Decline
Amphibian Conservation
Swimming, Eating, Growing Machines

Caecilians

Salamanders and Newts
Salamander and Newt Families
Courtship and Mating in Salamanders and Newts
Repellent Defenders

Frogs and Toads
Frog and Toad Families
Leaps and Bounds
Decoding the Frog Chorus
From Tadpole to Frog

REPTILES

The Age of Reptiles
Temperature Control in Reptiles
Reptiles at Risk
Play in Reptiles
Pre-ejaculators, Sneakers, and She-males
Temperature and Sex

Turtles and Tortoises
Turtle and Tortoise Families
The Asian Turtle Crisis
Leatherbacks: Birth on the Beach

Lizards
Natural Desert Dwellers
Lizard Families

Worm-lizards

Snakes
Venomous Snakes
The Threat from Snakebites
Snake Families
Harvesting Snake Venom

Tuatara

Crocodilians

Pollution and Hormone Mimics
Unisexuality:
The Redundant Male?

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Picture and artwork credits

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