Amphibians and reptiles

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    Amphibians and reptiles is a guide to the native and non-native species found in the British islands covering biology, ecology and conservation.... Toon meer
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    SerieNaturalists' Handbooks
    AuteurTrevor Beebee
    UitgeverPelagic Publishing
    AfbeeldingenKleurenfoto's en illustraties
    Jaar van uitgave   2013

    Amphibians and reptiles is a comprehensive guide to the native and non-native species of amphibian and reptile found in the British Isles. Professor Trevor Beebee covers the biology, ecology, conservation and identification of the British herpetofauna, and provides keys for the identification of adult and immature newts and newt eggs, larvae and metamorphs; frog and toad adults and metamorphs, spawn and larvae; adult and hatchling limbed lizards; and adult snakes. Distribution maps are included for all species, and the book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and figures.

    The goal of this book is to encourage readers to develop their own ecological studies, to this end, the author summarises the current state of knowledge of reptile and amphibian biology, including behaviour, breeding, habitat selection, migration and development, and offers ideas for research projects that could be undertaken to further what is known. A chapter is devoted to the practicalities of professional work with amphibians and reptiles, including licensing requirements. Research techniques, including survey methods such as night searches for newts and bottle trapping, are discussed in detail, and consideration is given to methods of data analysis.

    Author royalties from this book have been donated to Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.


    Table of Contents

    1 Introduction
    2 Basic biology
    3 Ecology and Conservation
    4 Surveying and monitoring
    5 Working with amphibians
    6 Working with reptiles
    7 How schools can help
    8 Identifying species found in Britain
    Key I Adult and immature newts
    Key II Newt eggs, larvae and metamorphs
    Key III Frogs and toads (adults and metamorphs)
    Key IV Frog and toad spawn
    Key V Frog and toad larvae
    Key V Adult and hatchling limbed lizards
    Key VI Adult snakes
    Distribution maps
    9 Working with amphibians and reptiles: some basic essentials
    10 Useful addresses and links




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