Herpetology - An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles (Third Edition)

Laurie J. Vitt and Janalee P. Caldwell 
Academic Press  2009  

Hardback  720 pages  ISBN 9780123743466      £50.00
This book, covering the scientific study of reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, etc) and amphibians (salamanders, newts, frogs, etc) will be a valued addition to the library of any naturalist or conservationist. It contains a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of these ecologically important animals and their roll in the contemporary environment. The new edition (updated from 2001), of this leading textbook on the biology of amphibians and reptiles, provides an authoritative and comprehensive review of most aspects of the biology, ecology, evolution, physiology and behaviour of amphibians and reptiles, providing a thoroughly documented survey of the diversity of this group. The new edition has been thoroughly revised.

Of interest to amphibian and reptile biologists, ecologists & conservation biologists. Amateur herpetologists, reptile and amphibian keepers and hobbyists


Part I. Evolutionary History; Tetrapod Relationships and Evolutionary Systematics; Development and Anatomy of Amphibians and Reptiles; Evolution of Ancient and Modern Amphibians and Reptiles.

Part II. Reproduction and Life Histories; Modes of Reproduction and Parental Care; Reproductive Ecology and Life Histories.

Part III. Physiological Ecology; Water Balance and Gas Exchange; Thermoregulation, Performance, and Energetics.

Part IV. Behavioral Ecology; Spacing, Movements, and Orientation; Communication and Social Behavior; Foraging Ecology and Diets; Defense and Escape.

Part V. Population and Community Ecology; Structure and Dynamics; Community and Geographical Ecology; Conservation Biology.

Part VI. Classification and Diversity; Caecilians; Salamanders; Frogs; Turtles; Crocodylians; Tuataras, Lizards, Snakes

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