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A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guides) [Paperback]

Robert C. Stebbins , Roger Tory Peterson
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March 27, 2003 0395982723 978-0395982723 3
This third edition covers all the species of reptiles and amphibians found in western North America. More than 650 full-color paintings and photographs show key details for making accurate identifications. Up-to-date color range maps give species' distributions. Important information on conservation efforts and survival status rounds out the detailed species descriptions.

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About the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

Robert C. Stebbins is a professor emeritus and the author of over a dozen books.

Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 3 edition (March 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395982723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395982723
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great update to a great field guide March 26, 2003
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Stebbins does it again. As a biologist who works throughout southern California I find this book indispensable. It is a vast improvement to the last edition (which was very good to begin with) with lots of color photos, many more color plates and the range maps are great too, again with color. It has revised the taxonomy of many species and included a many of the lastest subspecies designations. This book is easy to use from the novice to the advanced and should be in any nature enthusiasts library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this November 24, 2006
I love this book because I have the National Audubon Society First Field Guide for reptiles and I would often run in to reptile that the I couldn't Identify. I knew that I needed a bigger better book. So I bought the western and eastern Peterson Field guide for reptiles and amphibians and it had a lot more reptiles and it had amphibians which I never had a book that had information about them before, it has a lot more reptiles and it's shows you were they are each located. It give you a detailed description of each animal and a detailed drawing of each animal. Because of this I have been able to identify reptiles and amphibian that I couldn't before. I don't like that they use drawing of the animals instead of pictures and the drawings just show the heads of the snakes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have March 18, 2006
great detail & pictures are in color this edition! Maps are in color also! This is helpful when out in the field looking for your "herps". Thanks to Robert Stebbins & all involved in compling all the data needed for the updated guide
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Megarat
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As a kid, I grew up on the first edition of this field guide. When I was an undergraduate, I upgraded to the second edition, and it was a constant companion on several herp-hunting road-trips with my like-minded friends. This is the book that got me into herping, a hobby that I have enjoyed around the world, and today I own more than thirty different herp field guides, collected across North America and five other continents. And at the end of the day, I regard Stebbins's as the best, especially w/r/t its illustrations. The animals are captured with such great form, character and detail, and are optimized for identification. Absolutely top-notch.

Without any hesitation, I must say that I love this book. Illustrators of other reptile/amphibian field guides should look to Stebbins's illustrations and follow his example.

But ... this third edition is lacking. I find that it has suffered the field-guide-equivalent of feature creep. In striving to be the best, this book has lost sight of "good enough" and strayed into the realm of the impractical.

Of course, the new full-color plates are fantastic. And I love that this book completes the final mile, by including plates for those animals that were marginalized in earlier editions with only monochrome plates (or none at all). As an added bonus, many animals are complemented with color photographs. And hey, the maps are in full color as well. This book is just bursting with color, and that's usually a good thing. But the cost of this ubiquitous color is that every page of the book consists of glossy paper, which is thicker and heavier than regular paper. (And more-economical to print full-color images on.) At least half of this book only sports monochrome text, yet it's printed on glossy paper as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very complete and well illustrated guide August 2, 2005
This field guide is very well organized and illustrated. It is quite complete. With over 300 pages of information this is a must for westerners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb field guide September 2, 2009
This excellent field guide identifies western NA herps down to species level, and rather than photos (which may be misleading), it has excellent generalized pictures, with lines pointing to locations of key diagnostic features. The species accounts in the back are quite useful, and the range maps comprehensive and detailed. Absolutely a critical resource for anyone who likes to catalog animals, or has interest in identifying species.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reptiles and Amphibians of the Western USA February 20, 2009
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Another excellent Field Guide book! I have the first edition of this book and when one compares how the reptile and amphibian poplulation has changed in our country, it is amazing. If you purchase this book you must also buy the Field Guide to Eastern species.
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5.0 out of 5 stars asset to book collection May 29, 2014
By Tom T
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Loaded with info and pictures, it covers all of the species we have in our state and surrounding states. I love the Peterson series field guides.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very great book
This book is awesome and I will definitely be using this in the field. It gives great definitions of the reptiles and amphibians.
Published 6 months ago by calvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I bought this book for a class. It is still the quintessential guide. Stebbins leaves behind a wonderful legacy with it.
Published 6 months ago by Jan Novak
5.0 out of 5 stars Herp your heart out
I'm an experienced herper, so found this field guide pretty easy to get along with. Only complaint would be that this field guide is borderline too big to stick in my jeans pocket... Read more
Published 7 months ago by froggy
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I think this book could have been organised better. It would have been nice to have the information along with the corresponding plates. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Probably the best field guide I've used. Once you get the hang of it you find it to be very user friendly, and a wealth of information.
Published 9 months ago by Jonathan C.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference!!
One of the most accurate and thorough books you can find!! I have several field guides, but the Peterson guides are the best. Read more
Published 11 months ago by leland wayne liston
4.0 out of 5 stars Need a little background...
I am a complete beginner to trying to identify reptiles and amphibians. I mean, I know the difference between a frog and a toad, but when it comes to really knowing the different... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Fyregal
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
This is a revised edition, which is more comprehensive in all respects than my earlier version. Better bound as well.
Published 13 months ago by JMG
4.0 out of 5 stars Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians
This is an excellent guide for rockhounds in the Western States; not for finding rocks, but for identifying the frequent reptiles spotted around our home and when out exploring. Read more
Published 13 months ago by James R. Bull
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great field guidebook
Like a pair of shoes with a little extra room in the toes, I purchased this book for my 5 year old son, knowing that he would grow into it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Benjamin R. Acker
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