"The Bartletts have completed a monumental undertaking in compiling information on and photographing all the diverse amphibian and reptile taxa of eastern and central North America."--Kevin M. Enge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
"My choice as an effective primer for budding naturalists and young naturalists at heart wishing to become acquainted with this interesting segment of North America's natural legacy."--Walter Meshaka Jr., Section of Zoology and Biology, State Museum of Pennsylvania
The Bartletts' guide to the alligators, crocodiles, turtles, and lizards of eastern and central North America features all 207 species inhabiting the region from west Texas, to western Manitoba, to the eastern seaboard. Each species account is accompanied by a color photo, distribution map, and description including appearance, behavior, range, habitat, and prey. Some introduced species covered in the guide, such as the large and predatory Nile monitor and spectacled caiman, illuminate ever-worsening environmental and ecological conditions, particularly in Florida and Texas.
This authoritative and user-friendly reference will appeal to hobbyists, amateur naturalists, biologists, and herpetologists seeking a focused, detailed, well-organized, and richly illustrated field guide.
Richard D. Bartlett and Patricia Bartlett are coauthors of numerous books, including Florida’s Snakes: A Guide to Their Identification and Habits and A Field Guide to Florida Reptiles and Amphibians.
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If you're interested in reptiles and amphibians and are looking for a comprehensive guide for yourself or someone on your holiday gift list, this series would be useful. It is particularly useful for Florida readers because of the up-to-date information it contains about the exotic species you're likely to encounter if you do much wildlife watching around the state. The Lakeland Ledger
These guides are nicely prepared and easy to use. Wildlife Activist
…an attractively designed, affordable and very useful set of guides to the native and introduced herpetofauna of eastern North America. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society
Highly recommended for those in southern part of coverage area. Southeastern Naturalist
"Bartlett and Bartlett's more detailed text compared to other broadly inclusive field guides is of value, particularly for amateur naturalists and budding herpetologists. In addition, this book's interesting side-notes and concise information on larger taxonomic groups may make it a very valuable addition to a personal collection of identification materials." Natural Areas Journal Volume 30