"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"
About the Author
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).