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Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians

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Whether you're scouring the vernal pools of the Smokies or exploring the deserts of New Mexico, the Audubon Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians is your source for information for all that slides, crawls, and wriggles through it. With over 300 full-color images and 160 herp species, you'll have no problem identifying your way through the wilderness. PRODUCT FEATURES: A detailed look at how reptiles and amphibians survive-how they eat, move around, defend themselves, and combat temperature extremes. Examinations of metamorphosis, growth and longevity, and vocalization techniques. Practical advice on how to responsibly study reptiles and amphibians in the wild or care for them as pets. An identification guide to more than 160 of the most fascinating herpetological species from around the world, organized by environment. More than 300 full-color photos and illustrations. 103810 , audubon Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians , audubon Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians , audubon Field Guide to Reptiles , audubon Field Guide to Reptiles , audubon Field Guide to Amphibians , audubon Field Guide to Amphibians , audubon Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians , audubon Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians , audubon Reptiles and Amphibians , audubon Reptiles and Amphibians , guide books , books , field guides , guide books , audubon guide books , audubon books , audubon field guides , audubon guide books

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By A Customer on July 8, 2000
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This book was written in 1979. The text and photographs were excellent, although the range maps were so small as to be useless, and the common names were the awkwardly academic types used in the first half of the last century. Supposedly, this book was updated in 1997. The text is still good, as are the photographs, but the common names still have not been corrected, the range maps are still too small, and over 70 new species that are now recognized from North America are missing from this book. This Audubon Guide is out-dated. Time to write a new one, with standard common names, modern taxonomy (drop the subspecies), and maybe some new photographs. Not recommended. Get the Peterson Guide. It may be a decade old, but its newer than this book.
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My son became fascinated with reptiles and amphibians at around age 4. This book has helped us both tremendously to understand and identify creatures all around us. We have devoured books of all types at our local library and we keep coming back to this one. The pictures are fabulous and easy enough for a child to use. The text is informative and well presented. My son will be thrilled to find this book under the Christmas tree this year!
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This guide is beset with problems, and there are better out there.
The range maps are so general as to be mostly useless. They're incredibly small, to the point where it's hard to discern where the lines on it are; is that snake's western range limit NM or AZ? You can't tell! The written descriptions of ranges are too vauge as well; they list eastern, western, southern and northern limits, but it's not like an animals range will make a nice little square; there are places within those boundaries where it does not occur. Maybe a lizards westernmost point is in, say Alamogordo, NM: it'll list that as it's westernmost point. but say, as it's range extends northward, it is restricted to a more easterly distribution; that won't be mentioned.
Furthermore, the guide is 25 years old. There have been massive taxonomic revisions since this was written; new species have been discovered, some species have been combined, some subspecies complexes split, etc. Ranges have also shifted since '79, due to development and climatic changes.
Also, the guide only deals with species level info. This is unnacceptable for some animals; L. getula (kingsnake) has some 7-8 subspecies, ranging from the mexican black to the desert to the eastern; these animals have markedly different apperances, habitat, ranges, and behaviors. But the guide doesn't deal with that; it list info for "L. getula" in general, without dividing it into subspecies information. This makes the guide worthless for Pituophis melanoleucus, Lampropeltis getula, Lampropeltis traingulum, and several other species which contain a wide range of different subspecies.
So what to do? Buy a good local field guide; they exist for most states- Degenhardt's Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico is execellent. Texas Snakes (Dixon) is good.
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The photos which illustrate this book are organized in such a way that one does not have to be familiar with reptiles and amphibians to make resonably accurate field identifications. For instance, the photographs of striped snakes are grouped together so that you can easily check for that matches the animal you have found.
The text and range map section gives much valuable information as to habitat and behavior as well as breeding and the size of neonates as well as adults.
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An excellent field guide (particularly in plastic cover-softback). Covers many USA species, but very light on Canadian species. Better than many I've seen though. Excellent color plates for accurate identification of species.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2001
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I have read this book cover to cover and while it has been a very useful resource, there are certain aspects of it that leave something to be desired. Since the taxonomy in this book has not really been updated since it was written, the classification in this book doesn't necessarily match up to the current thinking on many of the species listed. I would say that it is sufficent(if not great) for someone who simply wants to know what kind of frog or snake they've seen (the photographs are very useful), but if you want a more scientifically correct book, I would tend towards the peterson guide.
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This book contains 657 full color pictures of over 470 species of reptiles and amphibians in North America. It covers from habitat locations to breeding and feeding. This is a must for any child or adult who is interested in our native animals.
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I have been a fan of the Audubon Society field guides since I was a young child. The beautiful color photos are fascinating and very useful for identifying various species. I also love the organization of these guides, with the photo plates up front and easy to navigate, reserving the data entries for the back of the book. It makes the identification process a little easier up front, while still keeping additional information close at hand for later study.

This reptiles and amphibians guide is no exception. All the characteristic quality of the other Audubon Society guides, with the same beautiful photo plates you've come to expect.

Some more particular reviewers have noted that this edition that dates back to 1979 is now somewhat out of date, as some subspecies and common names have changed in recent years. Not sure if any of the taxonomy has changed, but certainly would warrant a new edition if it has.

That said, the age of this guide has not diminished its overall quality, nor its handiness to the casual naturalist. I have already used this guide to positively ID a number of common species native to my area, and this book has become a cherished piece of reference material in my collection. I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the reptiles and amphibians in their corner of North America.
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