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Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, the Mascarene, the Seychelles, and the Comoro Islands [Hardcover]

Friedrich-Wilhelm Henkel , Wolfgang Schmidt , Michael Knothig , Klaus Liebel , Roland Zobel , Ph.D. Kaiser Hinrich
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July 2000 1575240149 978-1575240145 Original English ed
With their unique flora and fauna, Madagascar and the surrounding islands of the Indian Ocean are some of the most interesting vacation destinations for nature lovers, herpetologists and amateur reptile and amphibian keepers. This work describes the climate and vegetation of the area, as well as many of the resident reptiles and amphibians, and contains information on the husbandry of most species. There are 240 descriptions with colour photos of each to aid in identification of these animals.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Krieger Pub Co; Original English ed edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575240149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575240145
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book...but room for improvement May 17, 2007
Although there could be improvements, this book is a step up from the rest of the Madagascan herpetology books out there. Species are shown in beautiful, sharp, color photographs along with a description of the animal's distribution, habitat, distinguishing features, biology, and vivarium needs. The book isn't field guide size, but definitely a smaller portable size (~10" tall, ~6.75" wide, and <1" thick). My biggest complaint would be that there should have been more quantified diagnostic characters given for identifying the species: Instead of color descriptions or the like, I would have preferred having those along with morphological measurements like scale counts, length of toe webbing, or whatever else might be characteristic (there are some here, but they should have been listed for every species possible). I also would have liked common names (in English, French, and Malagasy would have been great). Even with those complaints, I still found the book helpful and enjoyable. This is a must-have for anyone interested in Madagascar's herps or cool herps from cool places in general, or planning to visit the "lost continent."
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2.0 out of 5 stars husbandry book of madagascar herps August 24, 2006
This is a very good book if you want to keep Amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar and neighbouring islands (some of them you shouldn't keep, because they are endangered and must not be kept!!!, but the book is mute on this point).

If you are interested in biology and in conservation this book, alas, has very little to offer
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