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Texas Lizards: A Field Guide

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In this extensively illustrated field guide, two of the state’s most knowledgeable herpetologists present the first complete identification guide to all fifty-one native and established exotic lizard species that live in Texas

Series: Texas Natural History Guides

By: Troy D Hibbitts(Author), Toby J Hibbitts(Author), Laurie J Vitt(Foreword By)

333 pages, colour photos, b/w distribution maps

University of Texas Press

Paperback | May 2015 | #221892 | ISBN-13: 9780292759343
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About this book

"Texas offers the opportunity to observe lizard diversity like no other part of the country," writes Laurie J. Vitt in the foreword to Texas Lizards. From the moist eastern Piney Woods to the western deserts, lizards can be found in every part of Texas. The state has forty-five native and six naturalized species of lizards, almost half of the 115 species that live in the continental United States. Yet Texas lizards have not received full coverage in regional field guides, and no other guide dedicated solely to the state's lizards has ever been published.

Texas Lizards is a complete identification guide to all fifty-one native and established exotic lizard species. It offers detailed species accounts, range maps, and excellent color photographs (including regional, gender, and age variations for many species) to aid field identification. The authors, two of the state's most knowledgeable herpetologists, open Texas Lizards with a broad overview of lizard natural history, conservation biology, observation, and captive maintenance before providing a key to Texas lizards and accounts of the various lizard families and species. Appendices list species of questionable occurrence in Texas and nonestablished exotic species. Informational resources on Texas lizards, a map of Texas counties, a glossary, a bibliography, and indexes of common and scientific names round out Texas Lizards.


Foreword (Laurie J. Vitt)

   What Is a Lizard?
   Natural History
      Activity and Seasonality
      Texas Biogeography and Landforms
      Habitat Loss
      Climate Change
      Introduced Species
      Collecting and Trade as a Cause of Decline
   Observing and Collecting Lizards
      Observing Lizards
      Photographing Lizards
      Collecting Lizards
      Legal Aspects of Collecting Lizards
      Permits and Collecting Lizards in Texas
      Threatened, Endangered, or Protected Nongame Species
   Maintenance of Lizards
      Maintaining Lizards in Captivity
      Creating Lizard Habitat
      Handling Lizards
   Museum and Preserved Lizard Specimens
   Scientific and Common Names

Dichotomous Key to Texas Lizards
   Dichotomous Keys
   Key to Texas Lizards

Systematic Accounts
   Order Squamata, Suborder Iguania
      Family Crotaphytidae
         Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)
         Reticulate Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus reticulatus)
         Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)
      Family Iguanidae
         Mexican Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata); introduced species
      Family Phrynosomatidae
         Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus)
         Spot-tailed Earless Lizard (Holbrookia lacerata)
         Lesser Earless Lizard (Holbrookia maculata)
         Keeled Earless Lizard (Holbrookia propinqua)
         Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum)
         Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi)
         Round-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma modestum)
         Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
         Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
         Rose-bellied Lizard (Sceloporus variabilis)
         Canyon Lizard (Sceloporus merriami)
         Mesquite Lizard (Sceloporus grammicus)
         Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus)
         Eastern Fence Lizard Complex (Sceloporus undulatus complex)
         Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
         Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister)
         Blue Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus cyanogenys)
         Crevice Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus poinsetti)
      Family Polychrotidae
         Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
         Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei); introduced species
   Order Squamata, Suborder Scleroglossa
      Infraorder Gekkota
      Family Eublepharidae
         Texas Banded Gecko (Coleonyx brevis)
         Reticulated Gecko (Coleonyx reticulatus)
      Family Gekkonidae
         Rough-tailed Gecko (Cyrtopodion scabrum); introduced species
         Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus); introduced species
         Indo-Pacific House Gecko (Hemidactylus garnoti); introduced, unisexual species
         Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus); introduced species
      Infraorder Scincomorpha
      Family Scincidae
         Coal Skink (Plestiodon anthracinus)
         Prairie Skink (Plestiodon septentrionalis)
         Four-lined Skink (Plestiodon tetragrammus)
         Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)
         Broad-headed Skink (Plestiodon laticeps)
         Many-lined Skink (Plestiodon multivirgatus)
         Great Plains Skink (Plestiodon obsoletus)
         Ground Skink (Scincella lateralis)
      Family Teiidae
         Texas Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis gularis)
         Rusty-rumped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis septemvittata)
         Little Striped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis inornata)
         Marbled Whiptail (Aspidoscelis marmorata)
         Six-lined Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata)
         Gray Checkered Whiptail (Aspidoscelis dixoni); unisexual species
         Common Checkered Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tesselata); unisexual species
         Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis exsanguis); unisexual species
         New Mexico Whiptail (Aspidoscelis neomexicana); unisexual species
         Desert Grassland Whiptail (Aspidoscelis uniparens); unisexual species
         Laredo Striped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis laredoensis); unisexual species
      Infraorder Diploglossa
      Family Anguidae
         Texas Alligator Lizard (Gerrhonotus infernalis)
         Slender Glass Lizard (Ophisaurus attenuatus)

Appendix A: Species with Texas Records of Questionable Origin
Appendix B: Nonestablished Exotic Species
Appendix C: Lizard Informational Resources
Appendix D: Map of Texas Counties

Index of Common Names
Index of Scientific Names

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Troy D. Hibbitts, a high school science teacher, is a past president and current member of the Texas Herpetological Society. He coauthored Texas Amphibians: A Field Guide with Bob L. Tipton, Terry L. Hibbitts, Toby J. Hibbitts, and Travis J. LaDuc.

Toby J. Hibbitts is Biological Curator at Texas A&M University’s Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. His research focus is behavioral and comparative ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

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