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Recommended Books

Klauber, Laurence M.
Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, & Influence on Mankind. Abridged Edition.
University of California Press (1982) Hardcover
This single-volume edition of Laurence M. Klauber's monumental work is a lively, engaging, comprehensive study that can be understood and enjoyed by anyone with an interest in natural history.
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Klauber, Laurence M.
Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, & Influence on Mankind
University of California Press (1997) Hardcover - 1580 pages 2nd edition
A lifetime of fieldwork and laboratory research is incorporated in this authoritative treatise. Yet with his impeccable technical work, the author has not overlooked the fascination these remarkable reptiles command for the lay person, and includes folklore, fieldwork anecdotes, medical horror stories, and more. The original 1500-page two-volume book received the highest critical acclaim when it was published in 1956; a continuing demand for the encyclopedic work led to a revised edition in 1972 and again in 1997.
Western Reptiles and Amphibians by Robert C. Stebbins Available from

Stebbins, Robert C.
A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians
Houghton Mifflin Company (1998) Paperback 2nd Edition
This is the "must-have" reference for identification of reptiles and amphibians in western North America. Again and again, experienced herpetologists have told us, "this is the only book I've EVER needed to identify herps in California or in Baja California."
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Grismer, L. Lee
Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Including Its Pacific Islands and the Islands in the Sea of Cortés
(2002) Hardcover - 409 pages
The Baja California peninsula is home to many forms of life found nowhere else on earth. This, combined with the peninsula's rugged and inaccessible terrain, has made the area one of the last true biological frontiers of North America. L. Lee Grismer is not only the foremost authority on the amphibians and reptiles of Baja California, but also an outstanding photographer. He has produced the most comprehensive work on the herpetofauna of the peninsula and its islands ever published. With its stunning color images, detailed accounts of many little-known species, and descriptions of the region's diverse environment, this is the definitive guide to the amphibians and reptiles of a fascinating and remote region.
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More Books on Reptiles

Snakes | Lizards | Tortoises and Turtles

Ballinger, Royce E.
How to Know the Amphibians and Reptiles
WCB/McGraw Hill (1983) Paperback
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Brodie, Edmund D.
Venomous Animals
Golden Books Publishing Company (1989) Paperback - 160 pages
Amazon synopsis: Featuring fascinating facts about some of the most remarkable animals on Earth, this guide introduces the major groups of venomous animals, including the most deadly species. Full-color illustrations throughout.
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Cloudsley-Thompson, J.L.
Predation and Defense Amongst Reptiles
Serpent's Tale Natural History Book Distributors (1994) Paperback
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Colbert, Edwin H.
The Age of Reptiles
Dover Publications, Inc. (1996) Paperback - 256 pages
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Ernst, Carl H.
Venomous Reptiles of North America
Smithsonian Institution Press (1992) Hardcover - 236 pages
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Frank, Norman and Erica Ramus.
Complete Guide to Scientific and Common Names of Reptiles and Amphibians of the World
N.G. Publishing Company (1996) Paperback
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Gans, Carl and David Crews
Hormones, Brain, and Behavior (Biology of the Reptilia)
University of Chicago Press (1992) Paperback
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Gans, Carl and David Crews
Sensorimotor Integration. (Biology of the Reptilia Series)
University of Chicago Press (1992) Paperback
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Gibbons, Whit
Their Blood Runs Cold: Adventures With Reptiles and Amphibians
University of Alabama Press (1983) Paperback - 164 pages
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Halliday, Tim and Kraig Adler, Editors
The Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians
Facts on File, Inc. (1986) Hardcover - 143 pages
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Hanson, Jonathan and Roseann B. Hanson
50 Common Reptiles & Amphibians of the Southwest
Southwest Parks & Monuments Association (1997) Paperback
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King, Gillian
Reptiles and Herbivory
Chapman and Hall (1996) Hardcover - 160 pages
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Lamar, Bill and Bill Love
The World's Most Spectacular Reptiles & Amphibians
Carmichael Publications-Luv Books (1997) Paperback
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Lee, Julian C.
The Amphibians & Reptiles of the Yucatan Peninsula
Communications Unlimited (June 1996) Hardcover
Amazon review: Deforestation now threatens the magnificent ecosystem of the Yucatan Peninsula - an area including northern Guatemala, Belize, and southeastern Mexico. This splendidly illustrated book by the world's leading authority on Yucatan herpetology documents the natural history of all native and introduced species of reptiles and amphibians and provides a guide to identifying them. The only comprehensive treatment available, it will be the definitive resource for amateur naturalists as well as professionals with an interest in this rapidly changing biogeographical region. Julian C. Lee begins with a description of the environment and habitats of the Yucatan Peninsula, followed by a history of the herpetological research there. He then describes 182 species of frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles, detailing the features that characterize each species and distinguish it from similar species. Lee completes the book with an unusual chapter on the ethnoherpetology of the region - the significance of amphibians and reptiles in the culture of both ancient and contemporary Maya. An extensive bibliography, a glossary, and a gazetteer help make his research accessible to everyone interested in the wildlife of the Yucatan.
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Pough, Harvey F.
Prentice Hall (1997) Paperback - 544 pages
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Savage, Jay M.
An Illustrated Key to the Lizards, Snakes, & Turtles of the West
Naturegraph Publishers, Inc. (1976) Paperback
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Smith, Hobart M. and Edmund D. Brodie
Reptiles of North America
Golden Books Publishing Co. (1982) Paperback - 240 pages
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Smith, Hobart M. and Rozella B. Smith
Reptiles: Source Analysis & Index for Mexican Reptiles
John Johnson Natural History Books (1976) Hardcover
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West, Larry and William P. Leonard
How to Photograph Reptiles and Amphibians
Stackpole Books (1997) Paperback - 128 pages
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Zim, Herbert S. and Hobart M. Smith
Reptiles & Amphibians
Golden Books Publishing Co (1987) Paperback - 160 pages
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Zug, George R.
Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians & Reptiles
Academic Press, Inc. (1993) Hardcover
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Ashton, Ray E., Jr. and Patricia Ashton
Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians of Florida: The Snakes
Windward Publishing (1988) Paperback
From the publisher: Magnificent color photos and complete species accounts identify all of the snakes found in Florida. Distribution maps show range of each species in Florida and the United States. This book has been widely acclaimed by herpetologists and naturalists throughout the U.S. and around the world. A must for amateur as well as professional herpetologists.
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[Snakes: A Natural History] Bauchot, Roland
Snakes: A Natural History
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. (1997) Paperback - 220 pages
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Brown, Philip
A Field Guide to California Snakes
Gulf Publishing Company (1997) Paperback - 250 pages
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Cleave, Andrew
Snakes & Reptiles: A Portrait of the Animal World
Smithmark Publishers (1996) Hardcover - 80 pages
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Ernst, Carl H. and George Zug
Snakes in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book
Smithsonian Institution Press (1996) Paperback
How do snakes crawl and climb? What do they eat? How do they breathe, hear, and smell? What is the largest snake? Authoritative and accessible, this book answers the most frequently asked questions about snakes and provides a basic introduction for both adults and children to the habits and marvels of these limbless creatures. Nearly 160 illustrations, 55 in color.
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[Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature] Greene, Harry W.
Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature
University of California Press (1997) Hardcover - 288 pages
Amazon synopsis: Featuring writing that is clear, engaging, and full of appreciation for its subject, Snakes provides an up-to-date summary of every facet of the natural history of snakes--their diversity, evolution, and conservation--and at the same time, makes a personal statement about why these animals are so compelling. 215 color photos. 3 tables.
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Mara, William P.
Desert Snakes of North America
TFH Publications, Inc. (1997) Paperback - 64 pages
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Mattison, Chris
Snakes of the World
Facts on File, Inc. (1986) Hardcover - 190 pages
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Scott, Chris
Snake Lover's Lifelist & Journal
University of Texas Press (1996) Hardcover
Amazon synopsis: "Herping," the practice of finding and identifying species of snakes and other reptiles, is becoming as popular as bird watching among many people interested in natural history. This guide lists and describes every known species of snake found in the U.S. and Canada--a total of 438--and provides "herpers" with a formal journal in which to record their lifelist of observations. 92 color photos.
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Shine, Richard
Australian Snakes: A Natural History
Cornell University Press (1995) Paperback
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Wright, Albert H. and Anna A. Wright
Handbook of Snakes of the United States & Canada
Cornell University Press (1994) Paperback - 564 pages
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Wright, Annette T. and Erik Stoops
Snakes & Other Reptiles of the Southwest
Golden West Publishers (1993) Paperback - 102 pages 2nd edition
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U.S. Department of the Navy, Staff
Poisonous Snakes of the World
Dover Publications, Inc. (1991) Paperback - 232 pages
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[Lizards of the World] Mattison, Chris
Lizards of the World
Facts on File, Inc. (1998) Paperback - 224 pages
Amazon synopsis: 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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Pianka, Eric R.
The Lizard Man Speaks
University of Texas Press (1994) Hardcover
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Smith, Hobart M.
Handbook of Lizards: Lizards of the United States and Canada
Cornell University Press (1995) Paperback - 557 pages
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Vitt, Laurie J. and Eric R. Pianka, Editors
Lizard Ecology: Historical & Experimental Perspectives
Princeton University Press (1994) Hardcover
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Bjorndal, Karen A., Editor
Biology & Conservation of Sea Turtles
Smithsonian Institution Press (1995) Paperback - 615 pages
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Carr, Archie. 1995
Handbook of Turtles: The Turtles of the United States, Canada, & Baja California
Cornell University Press (1995) Paperback - 542 pages
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Ernst, Carl H., Jeffery E. Lovich and Roger W. Barbour
Turtles of the United States & Canada
Smithsonian Institution Press (1994) Hardcover 2nd edition
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Ernst, Carl H. and Roger W. Barbour
Turtles of the World
Smithsonian Institution Press (1992) Paperback
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[Sea Turtles]

National Research Council, Committee on Vision, Staff
The Decline of the Sea Turtles: Causes and Preventions
National Academy Press (1990)
Out of Print

Ripple, Jeff
Sea Turtles
Voyageur Press, Inc. (1996) Paperback - 85 pages
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Smith, Hobart M. and Rozella B. Smith
Reptiles: Guide to Mexican Turtles
John Johnson Natural History Books (1979) Hardcover
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