- Series: Organisms and Environments (Book 9)
- Hardcover: 247 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (May 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520243579
- ISBN-13: 978-0520243576
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,862,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was more than delighted to find this book. The author is quite thorough and obviously enjoys his subjects. The many pictures are beautiful and informative, the graphs are understandable. I need to go back and read some of the chapters I just glanced through, but I'm glad I have this book. It's an excellent reference.
The answer was simple. Dan Beck spent many long, hot months in the Deserts of Arizona and surrounding states as well as in the Tropical Dry Forests of Mexico and Guatemala.
The result is a book that has been sorely needed for about a half-century. I picked it up and read it straight through in a few days as if it were a novel or a Harry Potter Book. I actually bought the book as a birthday present for my biologist son but after presenting him the first one, found I really needed to get one for myself as an easy reference to keep on my bookshelf.
I do not pretend to understand all the graphs and charts but I know they are necessary. Maybe someday I shall.
What I did like was the easy flow of the words as Dan Beck told the story of two of the most mysterious animals in the world. So little is known about these two species that often, writers are content to say, "They spend 95% of their time underground" or similar. Dan Beck fleshes out the story of why Heloderma spend so much time out of view and, presumably, underground. I also liked the manner in which the author introduced the next chapter in the last few words of the preceding chapter.For example, the last words of Chapter 4 on Physiological Ecology are,"we must consider their use of habitat and patterns of activity." Chapter 5 is appropriately titled, " Habitat Use and Activity Patterns." This is done a number of times but it took me several chapters to catch on.
One thing that greatly impressed me was the author's use of anecdotal information as well as research driven data from trusted sources. Many "stories" would have been dismissed years ago but are now considered as valuable information due to his own research.
Maybe this will be the beginning of a true understanding of these mysterious reptiles.