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Guide to Lizards: More Than 300 Essential-to-Know Species (Pocket Professional Guide Series) Paperback – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Pubns Inc; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793812763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793812769
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I had been waiting a very long time to do this book, and when I started writing it, I wanted it to be useful to a broad audience. You know how there are scores (at least) of field guides and tourist guides to birds, butterflies, shells, mammals, and flowers? Well, there was no such book for lizards on a worldwide scale. Imagine you want to take a cruise in the Caribbean, or do an eco-trek in Costa Rica, or get to drive-through the Australian Outback, and you would like a general, non-technical reference book that can give you some insight into the lizards you are likely to see. Until my "Guide to Lizards" there was no such traveler-friendly book.

So who was I writing for? Lizard lovers (novice and otherwise), of course! I first thought about eco-tourists and other travelers interested in local wildlife. Reptile keepers are a major audience, for who has kept lizards without wanting to someday go see them in the wild? Armchair naturalists have a lot of travelers tales to read, so I wanted to offer them the COLOUR of these wonderful animals. With over 300 species depicted in colour, about 70 of them for the first time, all of those audiences should find something to enjoy in the "Guide to Lizards"! So read, browse, and enjoy!

From the Inside Flap

Well, as a paperback field-guide, the book is flap-less.

More About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
The is the perfect guide for anyone with reptiles. Easy to read but FULL of information. This author presents information in a style that is easily absorbed by all ages and levels of experience. I highly recommend this author and this guide. A+++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Guide to Lizards is a great book to read especially if you have the same interest in lizards as I do. If you are looking at learning more about lizards this is the book for you! I am fairly new to the world of Herpetology and this book really helped me to learn a lot about lizards(including stuff I already knew) so I encourage anyone who is willing to learn about these magnificent animals to buy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love to Travel on January 7, 2012
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This was purchased for a 7-year-old who has two lizards. He enjoys this book and especially likes the 1 to 5 rating system designating which lizards make the best pets. Each page is colorful and packed with information. Highly recommend.
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Great sized book for carrying around.
I bought this for my oldest daughter who is obsessed with lizards. She loves the details of the pictures and the small size of the actual book. This is her standard book for taking in long car rides -- lots of pages to look at without having to bring heavy or large books. Lots of information included on each lizards. We're pleased with the purchase.
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By brandy_s on January 9, 2014
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It is useful for a report on all lizards and it is helpful for caring for my
new leopard gecko
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