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Lizards of the World [Hardcover]

Mattison
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May 22 2002 0816019002 978-0816019007 American ed
Lizards of the World offers the general reader a complete introduction to these vestiges of the dinosaur era, which have been the subject of speculation and superstition for centuries and which continue to fascinate us with their remarkable diversity of form, color and behavior. The volume examines all facets of its subject in a clear, non-technical text fully illustrated with 50 color as well as 50 black and white photos.

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Chris Mattison is a professional herpetologist, with an international reputation as an authority on reptiles and amphibians. A member of both the British and International Herpetological Societies, he travels widely photographing reptiles and amphibians in the wild and is in demand as a lecturer on herpetology in Europe and North America. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wizard of Lizards provides for us! April 25 2000
Format:Hardcover
Lizard lovers or those exploring the world of lizards will be fascinated by this clear introduction to origins, physical characteristics, habits, and natural environments of various species of lizards by this internationally known herpetologist. The chapters cover the definition of lizards, the relationships of lizards to their repsective environments, how to care for lizards in captivity, and the classification of lizards, which includes geckos and monitors. The concluding chapter is about Amphisbeanians, which are neither lizards nor snakes, but they all share a common ancestry. The index is very helpful, the chapters clearly written and informative, and the beautiful close-up color photographs invite further exploration. There are line drawings to illustrate or delineate a fact being discussed in the text. This book would be especially helpful for science research projects or as a thoughtful gift for a lizard-loving friend. It is similar in format to Snakes of the World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Companion to Loco for Lizards Jan. 25 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book lays out the faxts about lizards in a complete, easy to read way. It's a big subject, these are incredibly varied animals, but Mattison gets it all in there. Plenty of photos, both black and white, add to the enjoyment.
This makes it a perfect companion to Loco for Lizards, a very funny book which details lizards' crawl into movies, rock and roll, ads, legends, and myths worldwide, and even includes an interview with a gecko.
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By Jess
Format:Paperback
"Lizards of the World" by Chris Mattison amazed me with all of the excellent information in it. It contains everything from the scientific (scientific names/family trees, scale types, graphs, diagrams, maps, and pictures) all the way to recommendations for future lizard pet owners.

It talks about all the different types of lizards, from four-legged flying types to legless and amphisbaenians (worm-lizards), in great detail while supplying pictures or diagrams on almost every page (some pictures are in colour while others are in black and white). Chris Mattison talks about lizards and their form and function, food and feeding, defence, reproduction, habitat, lizards in captivity (information for future lizard pet owners), classification, and their different environments.

I am a reptile fanatic, and I have been a reptile fanatic for as long as anyone can remember, and I have yet to find a book that can out beat "Lizards of the World" for the most overall best information on lizards. It is also worth to mention that I have searched a long time trying to find a perfect lizard book, and this book reaches all of my expectations and more.

I do warn you, though, that this book is not new (it was first published in hardcover in 1989) so it is possible that some information is out of date. But, overall, it contains information that is helpful no matter what year it is: it gives more general information rather than things specific to a certain year. The only thing that might be different is some of the numbers regarding the amount of known species and some of the diagrams.

I would recommend "Lizards of the World" to any lizard fanatic. It is a perfect companion to be used as a reference and it is a good gift idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wizard of Lizards provides for us! April 25 2000
By Maudie Weil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lizard lovers or those exploring the world of lizards will be fascinated by this clear introduction to origins, physical characteristics, habits, and natural environments of various species of lizards by this internationally known herpetologist. The chapters cover the definition of lizards, the relationships of lizards to their repsective environments, how to care for lizards in captivity, and the classification of lizards, which includes geckos and monitors. The concluding chapter is about Amphisbeanians, which are neither lizards nor snakes, but they all share a common ancestry. The index is very helpful, the chapters clearly written and informative, and the beautiful close-up color photographs invite further exploration. There are line drawings to illustrate or delineate a fact being discussed in the text. This book would be especially helpful for science research projects or as a thoughtful gift for a lizard-loving friend. It is similar in format to Snakes of the World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Companion to Loco for Lizards Jan. 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book lays out the faxts about lizards in a complete, easy to read way. It's a big subject, these are incredibly varied animals, but Mattison gets it all in there. Plenty of photos, both black and white, add to the enjoyment.
This makes it a perfect companion to Loco for Lizards, a very funny book which details lizards' crawl into movies, rock and roll, ads, legends, and myths worldwide, and even includes an interview with a gecko.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Reference Book on Lizards Feb. 9 2014
By R. R. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book to use as a reference for a children's story I am writing and have not been disappointed as it is chocked full of facts and figures. It covers a wide gamut of categories on all-things lizard, such as form and function, reproduction, feeding, defense, habit and keeping lizards in captivity.

Thus armed, I hope to weave the book's wisdom into a tale that will excite young minds into learning more about the natural world.

R.R. Harris, author of Double Take, An Island Travel Mystery of Lively Romance and Deadly Betrayal, available on Amazon.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! Nov. 25 2009
By Antonio M. Linares - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a very good book for anyone who's interested in learning about these wonderful creatures!
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