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"A beautiful book crammed with a wealth of information, not just about lizards, but about ecology, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, biomechanics, evolution, and ethnobiology as well. A fascinating reading for any herpetologist or natural historian, no matter how professional." - Copeia "This is a book for the home library, to be pulled down off the shelf whenever some unfamiliar creature skitters across the patio, or just to be read on rainy afternoons... the writing is clear, authoritative and enlivened by personal tales of lizard encounters. The photos are bright and beautiful. Just an hour or two turning the pages is guaranteed to kindle a whole new sense of wonder the next time you flick on your porch light and surprise a gecko." - Bill Marvel, Dallas Morning News "This engaging, well-researched volume depicts an amazing variety of lacertilian beasts in its lavish illustrations and deftly examines their bizarre lifestyles and behaviors." - American Scientist "All readers will find Lizards an excellent introduction to the ecology of an interesting and scientifically rewarding group of animals." - Science"

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Eric R. Pianka is Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include Evolutionary Ecology (sixth edition, 2000), The Lizard Man Speaks (1994), and Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards (1986). Laurie J. Vitt is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor (Zoology Department) at the University of Oklahoma and Associate Director of Collections and Research at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. He is coauthor of several books, including Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (second edition, 2000). Pianka and Vitt are also coeditors of Lizard Ecology: Historical and Experimental Perspectives (1994).

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Great Text! Varanids and Iguanids. 13 July 2012
By Hannah Akio - Published on Amazon.com
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Imagine science provided for the person who does not want to read through extra words and research citations! This book provides a very comprehensive look at lizard science without the academic-laden citations. The science is cited, but the citations do not impede the information. I found this book to be perfect for the reader who is educated to some degree in zoology and biology, but it does not require a higher degree to enjoy the information. A vast array of important studies and information are presented with great photos and clear text. A must-read for herpetologists of every level!
Herp Canon 8 Sept. 2014
By Justin Michels - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of those definitive works. Every ten years or so a must have book comes out. This is one of those. I've had this for quite a few years now. I've recently picked it back up and wow! This book has so much natural history in it, the kind of thing that you can't get any where else. The book has quite a lot of information, but also wonderful color pictures throughout the book. It covers so much information squeezed into small digestible bites. This would be a great read for anyone with an interest in Lizards. If you're familiar with Harry Greene's epic, "Snakes: The Evolution of Nature". This is on par as a Lizard equivalent. This is truly a book to get excited about.
Fantastic Book 25 Feb. 2014
By desertgal - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating book, very informative. This book offers detailed information regarding ecology, physiology, and evolution of lizards as well other pertinent knowledge regarding these amazing reptiles. I cannot say enough about this amazing publication except anyone who choses to buy it will not be disappointed. Great Book!!!
Great Reference 11 Sept. 2013
By Robert W. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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Filled with information that anyone can and understand, plus references in the back for those who want to delve deeper. Great photos, some of the author's personal stories, extras, and kwips that were just fun to read. Worthwhile!
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