This book is the most complete and beautifully illustrated guide to the amphibians and reptiles inhabiting the territory of Russia ever published. It is also the first comprehensive, up-to-date English-language book about this interesting species assemblage. Some previous books addressed the herpetofauna of northern Eurasia and the "Confederation of the Independent States" but none of them was specifically dedicated to that of the Federation of Russia.
The present work provides detailed descriptions of the systematics, morphology, biology and behaviour of these animals. Keys and numerous photographs of animals in the wild will help readers to know Russian turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and other amphibians and reptiles better. Lastly, this book contains a unique bibliography listing more than 1060 titles, specifically compiled for the present edition.
The authors of this comprehensive book are well-known Russian herpetologists, both of them scientific collaborators of the Zoological Museum of the M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Both have published extensively about the amphibians and reptiles of Russia.
Evgeny Anatolevich Dunayev is a herpetologist and staff member of the Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, a member of the Presidium of the A. M. Nikolsky Herpetological Society RAS, teacher and popularizer of science. Author of more than 120 scientific and popular scientific publications and books. Photographer and participant in many expeditions to Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, the Crimea, the Far East, and Neotropical countries. His research interests include the taxonomy and zoogeography of reptiles and amphibians as well as the history of zoology.
Valentina Fedorovna Orlova has a PhD in biological sciences, is chief of the Herpetology Section at the Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, and is a member of the Presidium of the A. M. Nikolsky and Ukrainian Herpetological Societies RAS. Her main research interests are the taxonomy, phylogeny, and zoogeography of lacertid lizards and the fauna of amphibians and reptiles. She is the author of more than 122 scientific publications, and co-author of several multi-authored monographs, including popular scientific works. She has participated in several expeditions to the North Caucasus and Trans-Caucasian Region, Central Asia, and Kazakhstan.