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By: Krystal Tolley and Marius Burger
100 pages, 200 colour photos, 27 maps
&i;Chameleons of Southern Africa&o; explores this interesting group of lizards and discusses their strange and unusual, sometimes unnerving, characteristics. It presents an overview of all types of chameleons (of which there are up to 160 species in total, worldwide), their history, geographic distribution (restricted mainly to Madagascar and Africa), reproduction, behaviour and their relationships to each other.
This book also contains a clear identification guide to all southern African species - some 25 have been identified to date - together with distribution maps and colourful photographs of their many features and guises.
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KRYSTAL TOLLEY, American born, is head of the Molecular Systematics Laboratory at the South African National Biodiversity Institute at Kirstenbosch. She received her PhD in Norway, originally working on marine mammals. Since moving to South Africa, she has published numerous scientific and popular articles on chameleons. She has spent many days in the field searching for chameleons across southern Africa, and has a keen interest in understanding their biodiversity. MARIUS BURGER became interested in reptiles and amphibians at a young age. He studied conservation, but made herpetology his profession. His work has allowed him to travel throughout southern and central Africa and Madagascar, where he conducts surveys of reptiles andemphibians, leads tour groups, and participates in TV documentaries.
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