Monitors: The Biology of Varanid Lizards Paperback – May 1999
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King is an award-winning freelance investigative journalist.
Brian Green has been developing online games since 1998, and was an amateur game developer for years before that. Recently he contributed an article entitled ?Balancing Gameplay for Thousands of Your Harshest Critics? for the book Massively Multiplayer Game Development 2. He has also been invited to speak at the Game Developer?s Conference; MUD-Dev Conference; Austin Game Developer?s Conference; State of Play; Accelerating Change; and Games, Learning and Society Conference. He is also an entrepreneur who helped to co-found Near Death Studios, Inc. in 2001 and helped relaunch the classic online RPG Meridian 59. He maintains a professional weblog for game development issues at http://blog.psychochild.org/. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, it is very informative, containing much information about the natural habits and ecology of varanid lizards. My main complaint is that the book seems to use V. rosenbergi as it's archetypal varanid; there are some 9 sub genera and several dozen species, and I wish that more attention had been payed to the some of the other varanids. However, this is still one of the few good monitor books that's actually in print, and is worth your read weather you're an academic herpetologist or a keeper (or for that matter if you are thinking about keeping a monitor). It provides insights that are sorely lacking in most other (in print) books, espically in regards to the thermal biology, water useage, and the diet of these lizards. It's easily worth your effort to read it.
The discussions about taxonomy are also great, and informative in regards to how gene sequencing is being used to establish relationships and derivations between species.
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