Includes a comprehensive
easy-to-use ID key with many species,
including those brought into Europe; and 66 new maps
guide covers every species
in Britain and Europe. It contains descriptions of every
species of salamander, newt, frog, tree frog, toad, tortoise, turtle,
terrapin, gecko, agama, lizard, chameleon, slow worm, skink, amphibian
and snake found in Europe.
Every species and distinct subspecies
is described in detail, with notes on range, size, colour and markings,
diagnostic characters, habitat, behaviour and, for snakes, the type and
virulence of any poison.
The final part of
the book deals with the identification of the eggs and tadpoles of frogs,
toads, newts and salamanders. There are also introductions to each group
of animals, with helpful identification keys where necessary, an
introduction to the biology of reptiles and amphibians and how best to
study this fascinating part of our fauna.
Review: The species are listed and described according the newest systematic
classifications, thanks to genetic research since the first edition,
aiding both the professional biologist and amateur nature lover in making
a concise and correct identification in the field.
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