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Reptiles and Amphibians: The Visual Guide to More Than 400 Species from Around the World (DK Handbooks) [Paperback]

Mark O'Shea , Tim Halliday
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18 Jan 2001 DK Handbooks
Authoritative text crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians the most comprehensiveand easy-to-use pocket guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the world. Packed with over 600 full-colour photographs of more than 400 varieties it is designed to cut through the complicated identification process and enable you to recognize a species instantly. Identification Made Easy Each entry combines a precise description with fully annotated photographs to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each spcies. A comprehensive introduction. describes the anatomy lifecycle and behaviour of the major groups of reptiles and amphibians while the initial stages of identification are made straightforward by a clear visual key. In-Depth Information  Each entry in the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians is accompanied by a map  showing the geographical distribution  of the species while the text and colour-coded bands give the internationally scientific name and provde at-a-glance information on size diet habitat reproduction and population status. A concise glossary explains all technical and scientific terms used.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (18 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751327522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751327526
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to navigate & well written 13 Jan 2011
By robysam
Have an avid 3 year old herpetologist in the making (well this month any way) he loves the photos and the short descriptions are perfect for his attention span (and mine).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice reference book 9 Mar 2009
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This Dorling Kindersley publication is certainly a very nice reference book to have. The photographs are crystal clear and the description for each species is quite thorough including habitat, distribution map, status with an indication for species which are extremely venomous.
There is a graph at the beginning explaining the different groups and families which is very useful as well as a section on reproduction, behaviour and conservation.
Although this book covers 400 species all over the world, you will need another identification guide for a specific region, most of our European species were missing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
For a start I love watching O'Shea's Big Adventure. Always been a fan of Mark. Got every episode on tape. When I found out he had written a book I was straight online buying it.
The book's so imformative and I checked in the back and a lot of the photos are by Mark which was brilliant. He's such a great photographer. You see him photograph everything in his episodes.
The book's got great colour photographs, and the layout is so easy to follow. It's good for quick reference and you can really easily find what you're looking for.
Tim Halliday has done a great job with the amphibians section too.
They are both so good at what they do and know what they are talking about that both of them doing a book together is perfect.
I'd definitely recommend it. If you haven't got then go get it because you haven't lived until you've read this book!
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Great book!
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I found this book extremely interesting and educational . It is well laid out and beautifully illustrated . It is well upto DK's standard and , as usual , is extremely comprehensive and full of facts . A must for those interested in our cold blooded friends .
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