Translated from the original German edition (1992), this two-volume reference is authoritative and comprehensive. It begins with the care and husbandry of lizards in the vivarium and then descibes all known families of lizards. For each species, the author outlines geographic distribution and natural habitats and lifestyles, and draws heavily from the firsthand experiences of herpetological enthusiasts in discussing husbandry practices. Detailed descriptions and copious color photos illustrate physical characteristics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.