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Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians Hardcover – 29 Sep 2002

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Clearly written and wonderfully illustrated... a highly readable and thoroughly fascinating introduction to the biology, diversity, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.--David Seburn"Canadian Field Naturalist" (12/01/2003)

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Tim Halliday is Professor of Biology at the Open University, England, where he teaches animal behavior and evolutionary biology, and researches the mating dynamics of newts, frogs and toads. He has written or edited several books and numerous scientific papers about amphibian sexual behavior. In the last ten years, he has concentrated on global declines among amphibian populations. He is the International Director of the IUCN/SSC Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force. Dr. Kraig Adler is Professor of Biology at Cornell University. His research includes animal orientation and navigation, and the systematics, ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles which he has studied in the field around the world. Dr. Adler's research is widely published and he has written or edited eight books, including co-authoring "Herpetology of China" (1993) and "Captive Management and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles" (1994). He served as President of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and was elected the first Secretary-General of the World Congress of Herpetology.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Compilation 18 Oct. 2005
By Stephan Bullard - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Firefly Encyclopedia series are uniformly excellent. There are several current volumes (Reptiles & Amphibians, Insects & Spiders, and Birds). With luck additional volumes will be added (I'd be especially keen to see one on fishes). The series picks up the tradition started with the David Macdonald's "Encyclopedia of Mammals" by having numerous experts contribute information about the organisms they study. Thus, each species or group of organisms is described by the scientists who know them best. The result is a truly amazing compilation of information about each type of organism.

The Reptiles and Amphibians volume contains information from 38 separate contributors about all types of reptiles and amphibians. Contents include:

Amphibians, general information: 28 pages

Caecilians: 4 pages

Salamanders and Newts: 22 pages

Frogs and Toads: 34 pages

Reptiles, general information: 20 pages

Turtles and Tortoises: 10 pages

Lizards: 38 pages

Worm-lizards: 2 pages

Snakes: 32 pages

Tuatara: 2 pages

Crocodilians: 12 pages

The book is lavishly illustrated. There are tons of amazing photographs and lots of beautifully rendered drawings. The text is well written and generally easy to follow. Some sections are fairly technical (I have a Ph.D. in Biology and got lost a few times), but probably 90% or more should be accessible to anyone. I strongly recommend this book for biologists, naturalists, and people interested in wildlife. It would make an excellent gift for a young person (probably junior high +) who likes animals.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A herpetological classic 11 Sept. 2005
By Ellin Beltz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Tim Halliday and Kraig Adler deserve much praise for the blend of informative writing and hard science in their Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians which has been in print since the late 1980s.

The illustrations, drawn in many cases from photos, and the photographs which are liberally distributed through the text serve to assist the readers' understanding rather than just being pretty pictures plopped in to fill space.

Both Halliday and Adler are serious scientists and their rigorous devotion to fact shows on every page of this encyclopedia.

I recommend it for everyone interested in reptiles and amphibians. In fact, I recommend all three editions as each is slightly different and shows the progression of their efforts over time. The latest edition, from Firefly Press, has the most color photography and the most up-to-date information.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books on reptiles and amphibians 8 Jun. 2007
By buen chapin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ten stars, if possible!! No more words needed, this a superb encyclopedia for all ages. Excellent pictures, diagrams, charts and fascinating information. If I could only own one encyclopedia on reptiles and amphibians, this would be it. Also highly recommended is Firefly "Insects and Spiders" Both are definitely worth the price.
Great reference book 14 Jan. 2008
By Alan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very informative with plenty of pictures. Besides excellent information on each species it also contains area maps, anatomy, and some historical information. Great book for animal lovers.
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