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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (7 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520276051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520276055
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Taken overall, this book is an excellent and timely addition to the natural history literature for both professional biologists and other chameleon aficionados." -- Robin Andrews The Quarterly Review of Biology 90, no. 1

About the Author

Krystal A. Tolley is Principal Scientist, Molecular Ecology Program in Applied Biodiversity Research of the South African National Biodiversity Institute. Her research focuses on understanding the historical processes that generate patterns of diversity and lead to species radiations of reptiles and amphibians in southern Africa. Anthony Herrel is a permanent researcher at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the head of the Function and Evolution team of the Unite Mixed de Recherche (UMR) 7179, based at the Museum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris.

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Clear concise information that will increase anyone's knowledge who is looking to study these beautiful animals. Along with Frogs, Chameleons are my favourite creatures.

A great book.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very comprehensive chameleon text 5 Jan. 2014
By Dayna Willems DVM - Published on
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The Biology of Chameleons should now be considered the authoritative text on our knowledge of chameleons. This is an impressively comprehensive text pulling from hundreds of scientific articles, studies, and field work like no other text has before it. While written in the style of a reference book it is still very readable for the more casual enthusiast as well as serious students and professionals. The anatomy sections are really the first of their kind in this depth and an excellent resource with some good visual aids. The sections on physiology and behavior are thorough without getting drowned in the details. Taxonomy is a daunting topic but here it is represented with current updates in a comprehensive breakdown, including data from the fossil records. A text with such an in-depth investigation of ecology and biology is a wonderful resource for the study and understanding of chameleons and a must have for chameleon resource libraries.

This book does not cover any captive care aspects of keeping chameleons as pets - there are many other books that do so and is a wonderful resource for that.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book 27 Jan. 2014
By Daniel - Published on
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Tolley is the queen of chams. The contributions to this book from so many great scientists is what makes this such a special book. Essential to any herpetologists interested in chameleon biology.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nice ! 3 Feb. 2014
By M. G. Kuijpers - Published on
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Great addition to my library.
Text is outstanding including the latest nomenclature on latin names, fossil history on chameleons,color changing abilities,conservation etc.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for a vet or biology student but not that ... 5 Sept. 2014
By Alvin Wang - Published on
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Very technical, scientific book. Great for a vet or biology student but not that helpful for a chameleon keeper/hobbyist/breeder. Great pictures and some interesting insights but it won't teach you much on chameleon behavior which I was looking for.
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