includes a comprehensive easy-to-use identification key
for key species,
including those introduced to Europe
Collins Field Guide - Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe
guide to reptiles and amphibians describes and illustrates every species
found in Britain and Europe. The book contains descriptions of every
species of salamander, newt, frog, tree frog, toad, tortoise, turtle,
terrapin, gecko, agama, lizard, chameleon, slow worm, skink, amphibian
and snake found in mainland Europe.
Every species and distinct subspecies
is described in detail, with notes on its range, size, colour and
markings, diagnostic characters, habitat, behaviour and, in the case of
venomous snakes, the type and virulence of its poison.
The final part of
the book deals with the identification of the eggs and tadpoles of frogs,
toads, newts and salamanders. There are also introductions to each group
of animals, with helpful keys to aid identification where necessary, an
introduction to the biology of reptiles and amphibians and how best to
study this fascinating part of our fauna.
The species are listed and described according the newest systematic
classifications, thanks to genetic research since the first edition,
aiding both the professional biologist and amateur nature lover in making
a concise and correct identification in the field.
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