on 30 May 2001
This field guide accounts for the excruciating difficulty of differentiating between nearly identical species. The tips on identification are extremely helpful and clearly worded. Even youngsters will find it quite easy to use. The discriptions are well written and informative. The artwork shows excellent detail which is essential for accurate species identification. Range maps are fairly accurate and easy to review. In short, the guide is well written and laid out for efficient referral when at home or in the field. It is second to none for the region covered.
on 1 July 2013
I was looking for a complete field guide about North American Herpetofauna and this is absolutely wht I was looking for. In this book you find all the species of reptiles and amphibians of the west US and Canada, the keys to their identification as well as the description of amphibians eggs and larvae and sea reptiles. The drawing are beautiful and perfect in details, also the photos are well done and can contribute to identificate the animals.
I advice to buy both the Western and Eastern so you can cover the whole North America. The only drawback is in the Eastern book where the plates are sometimes too crowded and the drawings, as a result, are smaller then the western.
In conclusion this is a great buy for all the people interested in herps!