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Lizards of the World

Lizards of the World

by Chris Mattison
     
 

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Human interest in lizards is not new. These reptiles have been the subject of superstition and speculation for thousands of years, and their remarkably diverse forms, colors, and behavior continue to fascinate us today. We know comparatively little about lizards, however, and the data produced by increasing scientific study is often impenetrable or inaccessible to the

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Human interest in lizards is not new. These reptiles have been the subject of superstition and speculation for thousands of years, and their remarkably diverse forms, colors, and behavior continue to fascinate us today. We know comparatively little about lizards, however, and the data produced by increasing scientific study is often impenetrable or inaccessible to the interested general reader. Written as an introduction to the natural history of lizards, this book helps to answer the many questions that both amateur and professional naturalists ask about these animals. The first seven chapters cover the origins, form, function and color, environment, feeding, defense, reproduction, movement, and distribution of lizards -- from tiny tropical geckos to the huge Komodo dragon. The author also discusses lizards in captivity and their relationship to humans and describes the entire range of the lizard families. The book concludes with a chapter on the curious group of burrowing "worm lizards," the amphisbaenians. The highly readable and informative text is beautifully illustrated with line drawings and superb black-and-white color photographs of the spectacularly varied lizard families.

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A popular natural history covering the origins, physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of various species of lizards. Many good color (some b&w) photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816057160
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Of the World Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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