Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide / Edition 1

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide / Edition 1

by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Bartlett
     
 

"The Bartlett's provide a convenient identification guide and reference manual for the reptiles and amphibians most likely to be encountered by visitors to the Amazon basin. It will be of great interest to ecotourists and herpetological hobbyists, and the basic natural history information will be useful to professional biologists who are not specialists in the… See more details below

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"The Bartlett's provide a convenient identification guide and reference manual for the reptiles and amphibians most likely to be encountered by visitors to the Amazon basin. It will be of great interest to ecotourists and herpetological hobbyists, and the basic natural history information will be useful to professional biologists who are not specialists in the taxa covered in the book."--Paul E. Moler, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
 
Though travel to the Amazon Basin once was accessible only to the most intrepid explorer, today the region is a popular destination for scores of ecotourists, visitors who are likely to observe 50 species of reptiles and amphibians in just a weeklong trip. Until publication of this illustrated field guide, no book has been available to help identify these delightful, stunning, and sometimes venomous creatures. 

This handbook offers a colorful, easy-to-use guide to more than 250 of the snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and salamanders common to the Amazonian regions of Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Colombia. From brightly colored frogs so small they fit on a thumbnail to large poisonous snakes camouflaged by green and brown patterned skin, it features all the more frequently seen species as well as types that are less common, and it also provides basic natural history information. Clear close-up photos accompany text that describes appearance, range, size, and color and lists similar species.

For many years the authors have led tours to the rainforest. They travel remote rivers on small boats, bunk in tents pitched on sleeping platforms, and walk seldom-trodden trails, usually finding a herpetologic species new to them on each trip. At times, they were hard-pressed to identify the species they photographed; their fellow travelers have found the task even more difficult. For those who want to attach names and information to their natural surroundings, this new field guide will open up the beautiful and mysterious world of herpetofauna. In addition, students of rainforest ecology will find useful information about the infinite variety of rainforest adaptations, and hobbyists will appreciate hard-to-find information about imported specimens.
R.D. Bartlett is the author of many books, including In Search of Reptiles and Amphibians and Popular Boas and Pythons, and has published more than 500 articles about herpetology in such magazines as Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Reptiles, and Reptile and Amphibian.

Patricia Bartlett is the coauthor with R.D. Bartlett of numerous books, including A Field Guide to Florida Reptiles and Amphibians.  Together they have led herpetology photography tours to many areas of the Amazon Basin.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813026237
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
680,313
Product dimensions:
15.20(w) x 22.80(h) x 2.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Species
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Before You Go4
2How to Use This Guide9
3Overview: Amphibians and Reptiles17
Class Amphibia
4Caecilians23
5Lungless Salamanders27
6Toads, Frogs, and Treefrogs31
Class Reptilia
7Crocodilians133
8Turtles138
9Worm Lizards155
10Lizards157
11Snakes201
Glossary275
Additional Reading281
Index283

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