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

by Chris Mattison
     
 

A comprehensive encyclopedia, illustrated with full color drawings and photographs, on the biology and behavior of all reptiles and amphibians. Designed for quick retrieval of basic facts there are also specially commissioned articles by experts.
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A comprehensive encyclopedia, illustrated with full color drawings and photographs, on the biology and behavior of all reptiles and amphibians. Designed for quick retrieval of basic facts there are also specially commissioned articles by experts.

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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Meet the Author

Chris Mattison is a zoologist and the author of 15 books on reptiles and amphibians. He lives in England.

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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