252 pages, 400 colour photos, maps
This comprehensive photographic field guide covers nearly 200 species and subspecies of European reptiles and amphibians, including all those that occur in Britain. It is lavishly illustrated with images of snakes, lizards, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, with up to four photos of each species including, for example, males, females, colour variants, juveniles and sub-species. Each species account deals with identification, habitat and behaviour, while a summary lists size and key features and a colour map outlines the species' distribution. The introduction outlines reptile and amphibian life-cycles.
The New Holland European Reptile and Amphibian Guide is ideal for taking into the field or on holiday, and is a mine of information on these fascinating creatures. It is essential reading for all conservationists, biologists and wildlife enthusiasts.
Originally published in German
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Axel Kwet received his PhD in Biology from the University of Tubingen, Germany. He is a professional herpetologist with focus on taxonomy and ecology of neo-tropical amphibians and reptiles, especially in southern Brazil and Uruguay. Since 2000 he has been employed in the Staatliches Museum fur Naturkunde in Stuttgart. His areas special interests: Neotropical and European amphibians and reptiles.