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Children's Literature
This is a beautifully illustrated, well-written book about the world of these wonderful reptiles, is a volume in the Animal Ways series. Told in a conversational but not condescending manner, it contrasts what makes a lizard different from other animals of today, and from dinosaurs, too. The animals' bodies are thoroughly described, including their senses and reproductive processes (both with and without sex). A number of lizards are thoroughly examined in both word and illustration, and contrasted with others of the specie. The final chapter deals with environmental and human threats to lizards. There are quite a few sophisticated charts detailing how lizards are categorized. Color photographs and drawings add to the appeal and ease of comprehension of this book for older children. Following the title page is a colorful chart showing "some of the main phyla, classes, and orders with photographs of a typical animal from each group." The useful information at the end includes a glossary, species checklist, evolutionary timetable, a bibliography and web sites, as well as a detailed index. 2003, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 10 to 18.
— Candace Deisley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761415800
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Animal Ways Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 All Sizes and Shapes 8
2 What Is a Lizard? 18
The Age of Reptiles
Modern Lizards
Ancestral Lines
The Geckos
3 The Lizard Body 36
Body Structure: A Guided Tour
Lizards, Inside and Out
Scales and Skin
Sensory Systems: Eyes, Ears, Nose, and More
Legs and Tail
4 Lizards in Action 50
Food Sources
Hunting Strategies
Defense Strategies
5 Getting to Know Lizards 66
Tokay Gecko, Gekko gecko (gecko)
Bearded Dragon, Pogona vitticeps (agamid)
Horned Toad, Phrynosoma solare, P. cornutum (iguanid)
Green Iguana, Iguana iguana (iguanid)
Flying Dragon, Draco volans (agamid)
Chuckwalla, Sauromalus obesus (iguanid)
Anoles, Anolis genus (iguanids)
Jackson's Chameleon, Chamaeleo jacksonii (chameleonid)
Frilled Lizard, Chlamydosaurus kingii (agamid)
Komodo Dragon, Varanus komodoensis (varanid)
Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum (helodermatid)
6 Reproduction 82
Breeding and Courtship
Egg Laying, Development, Birth, and Growth
Determining Sex
Reproduction without Sex
7 Lizards, Today and Tomorrow 96
Environmental Threats
Human Threats
Glossary 104
Species Checklist 106
Evolutionary Timetable 107
Further Research 108
Bibliography 109
Index 110
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