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Giant Lizards Hardcover – February 1, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.; 2nd edition (February 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793805813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793805815
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,239,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ROBERT GEORGE SPRACKLAND, Ph.D., is a world-recognized authority on monitor lizards, having spent over 35 years studying these lizards. He has served as a zoological consultant to BBC and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Robert is the author of the original edition of Giant Lizards. He lives with his wife in Seattle, WA.

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I have never met a lizard I didn't like. A very few seemed to actively dislike me, or so I inferred when they bit me. But all those bites were minor things of no consequence. On the other hand, I have never been bitten by a snake, which I think is quite an accomplishment because I've been working with reptiles since 1958. To this day I am amazed by people who brag -- brag! -- about how many times they've "done been bit" by venomous snakes. Can you imagine the equivalent claim by a person in a different activity: "I done crashed my car 15 times," or "I done took out the wrong kidney 12 times," or even "I done caught my foot in the lawnmower... well, once."

You've got to give reptiles a lot of credit. After all they've been here hundreds of times longer than us, and despite everything we've done to the natural world, they are still here. They have survived the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, the moving of the continents, worldwide volcanoes, extremes in global temperature, and the Nixon administration. I wonder if, someday, the human record will be nearly as impressive...

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raeth Morgan on May 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Giant Lizards 2 is a wonderful introduction to the captive care of monitor lizards. I like the rating system of captive care difficulties. A lot of people buy a cute little lizard and have to get rid of it when it becomes a 5 ˝ foot terror. This is a great book for those who are considering getting a Varanus lizard. I highly recommend it. A+
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By varanid_keeper on August 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For those considering purchasing this book, don't. There are several other books which deal with the natural history and keeping of large lizards (iguanids and varanids) out there which are more deserving of your hard-earned money. This book is filled with sloppy editing, factual errors, contradictions, poor photography, and just terrible husbandry advice.

A detailed review of this book appears in a recent issue of the monitor lizard journal Biawak (link below). I suggest reading it before purchasing this book:

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leiren Mckenzie on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who doesn't know,in a large hobby of a world of reptiles when the word "lizard" comes up,Robert Sprackland comes to mind. He is the authority on everything that belongs to the family of Crotaphytidae,Agamidae ,Chamaeleonidae ,Gekkoniade,Phrynosomatidae,Scincidae,Varanide,Polychrotidae,Scinidae,and of course Varnadiae! This book should be in every hobbyists or inspiring keepers hands,doesn't matter if you keep geckos or even your friendly larger species of monitors! This is everything you have ever wanted to know or wondered about the species you are really keeping,as you know not every petstore or breeder you buy from will know the full natural history,or even the latest and newest techniques on keeping a species. Why it is always better to learn for yourself,and not just take someones word on it,but to be double sure and purchase as many materials you can find to read. Why not start with this book?

It is both an educational read for the advanced hobbyist,or someone starting new. You cannot beat the amount of knowledge you are recieving for an awesome price. Not to mention,if you ever need a break from reading there are amazing photos to remind you why you love your pet. :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Firewoman on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While I am not a varanid lizard lover persay, The natural history in this book includes some outstanding research out there on larger lizards in general. It is a shame, in my opinion, that there are just too many out in the world who do not know much about their animals they keep other than their potential to make a different morph and what to feed them so they can grow big faster and breed them and make money.
Yes...Anyone who has ever "kept" larger lizards in captivity should know the contents of this book. It is the Nature of the beast, not the money for a morph...Lest we forget.
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