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Collins Field Guide - Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe

288-page hardback

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


This field 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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