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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians [Vinyl Bound]

NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
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Nov. 12 1979 National Audubon Society Field Guides
Why are some frogs able to freeze solid and still survive? How can secretions from amphibians offer scientists clues for treating human ailments? What allows reptiles and amphibians to regenerate their limbs? Reptiles & Amphibians, an exciting new Explore Your World™ handbook, incorporates the Discovery Channel's unique authoritative approach and acclaimed visuals to answer these and other questions in a captivating blend of information and entertainment.

Reptiles & Amphibians features:
¸ Background information on evolution, anatomy, physiology, habitats, and life cycles of a range of reptile and amphibian families.
¸ 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.

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Professor F. Wayne King is the curator herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Format:Vinyl Bound
Well, wonder no longer. This book is a great resource for anyone wishing to identify snakes, frogs, toads, lizards, salamanders, etc. Use the color plates at the front half of the book to determine what the species of the animal is, based on physical features, and then read the companion article about the species in the back half of the book to learn more about it. This book is small enough to carry around with you on hikes, making identification of these lovable creatures very simple. But, just between you, me, and this computer screen - it is my impression that the red-bellied newt is hamming it up for the camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide... Sept. 28 2003
Format:Vinyl Bound
This is an excellent field guide for beginning herpers. The photos are excellent and it even has pictures for the different color variations of certain species. The herps are organized into groups such as striped, venomous, lungless, treefrogs, etc. and then they seem to be ordered by color. I have used this book to learn about what I should expect to find in places I've traveled to, where to be careful of venomous snakes, how where and when to find herps, identification and more. I even used this book last November when I went to Dominican Republic and it helped me in indentifying some lizards. I highly recommend this book for beginners in field herping. In my opinion the price is worth it just for the wonderful pictures this guide has.
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1.0 out of 5 stars mediocre May 29 2004
Format:Vinyl Bound
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Edition needs refining. July 10 2004
Format:Vinyl Bound
The contemporary edition of the Audubon Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians is decades old. Though it covers many species of snakes, salamanders, newts, etc., it is underrated because of the lack of updating. Some species names are known to be out of date, or invalid. However, even this cannot override the true quality of all the Audubon guides, including this book. Even though a newly revised and updated edition is way overdue, it still presents spectacular photographs of various species. The system is the same, with the description in the back of the book. The Audubon Guide to Weather has been revised and updated over the years and hopefully, this one will be also.
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2.0 out of 5 stars well, two and half, May 25 2004
Format:Vinyl Bound
This book may have been something for it's time, but it's since been eclipsed, and has become outdated.
For one thing, the book was written in the 70's--it's older than I am. Taxonomy has changed, but that's not the most important (taxonomy is always changing).
Ranges have shifted; habitat changes have forced various species into new areas and out of old ones, new species have been introduced and become established, etc. Even if the range maps were up to date, they're poorly done; very small and hard to see, and inexact.
Furthermore, the book doesn't delinate subspecies; all kingsnakes (L. getula) and rat snakes (L. obsoleta) are treated as one species a piece, despite each having over six very distinct subspecies. This is problematic as the various subspecies of kingsnake have remarkably different size, patterns, and ranges; a desert king is a rather different animal than an eastern king, but the book just gives you the same info for both. It happens numerous times with king snakes, milksnakes, ratsnakes, and all the pituophis species. It list some 10 subspecis for P. melanoleucus, and gives the same info for all of them, despite radical differences between, say, a northen pine and a bullsnake or SD gopher snake. It does the same thing with kingsnakes; it list 7 subspecies ranging from the Eastern to the Mexican, and gives on set of info for all of them. This occurs many times throughout the book, and negates it's value as a field guide. By now, with the explosion of herpetocultural writings, you're better off buying a good area specific guide; a Peterson's is a decent choice, or you can by a guide just for your state if there's a good one; such books typically give more in depth info and better done.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated
This guide has a lot of nostalgia for me; it was my first real field guide, a birthday present when I was in 2nd grade. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Morgan Churchill
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Field Guide I've Come Across So Far
The pictures are excellent, similar looking species are placed next to eachother so it is easier to tell them apart, the descriptions of every organism tell you everything there is... Read more
Published on March 12 2003 by Kevin Gowen
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH 10X THE PRICE
I bought this book for my 7 year old son last Christmas and it has been by his side ever since (he even sleeps with it). Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2002 by elizabeth a leiken
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Herp Enthusiasts!
An excellent guide with plenty of illustrations for identification of reptiles and amphibians you may run across. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by Jason Weigner
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH a GREAT guide
This field guide is really interesting!!! It shows all reptiles and amphibians of North America! The photos are in full color and I've identified several herps with this guide... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars Most popular book on the block....
Let's just say that when any of the neighborhood kids finds a turtle, they come to our house to ID it. And we don't have any kids. Read more
Published on May 15 2001 by BL
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This guide is the best to use for identification, for nearly half the book is made up of bright, clear pictures that enables precise identification. Read more
Published on March 16 2001 by Larry Rupp
3.0 out of 5 stars If only it were updated...
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2001
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