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Title:
A field guide to western reptiles and amphibians
ISBN:
9780395982723
Edition:
3rd ed.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Physical Description:
xiii, 533 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 19 cm.
Contents:
Making Captures -- Field Study and Protection -- Identification Keys -- Species Accounts -- Range Maps.
Summary:
Identifies more than five hundred species and subspecies of reptiles and amphibians, providing information on habitat, behavior, breeding data, key characteristics, and survival status of threatened species.
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597.8 STEBBINS 2003
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597.90978 STEBBINS 2003
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Summary

This guide 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. Color range maps give species' distributions. Important information on conservation efforts and survival status rounds out the detailed species descriptions.


Author Notes


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.


The late Robert C. Stebbins was professor emeritus of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and curator emeritus of the University's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He authored over a dozen books plus numerous scientific papers and produced two documentaries. He was the foremost illustrator of North American amphibians and reptiles. In addition to his work in herpetology and vertebrate natural history, he devoted much of his life to promoting ecological literacy" in both young people and adults through seminars, workshops, and publications. His last work, Connecting with Nature: A Naturalist's Perspective, summarizes his work in this important area.


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Table of Contents

Map of Area Coveredp. ii
List of Platesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Making Capturesp. 15
Field Study and Protectionp. 20
Identification Keysp. 25
Platesp. 35
Species Accountsp. 148
Salamandersp. 151
Frogs and Toadsp. 199
Turtlesp. 246
Lizardsp. 263
Snakesp. 340
Baja California "Endemics"p. 419
Amphibian Eggs and Larvaep. 433
Range Mapsp. 464
Glossaryp. 508
Bibliographyp. 514
Indexp. 519