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Reptiles and Amphibians (1953)

by Herbert Spencer Zim, Hobart M. Smith (Author)

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Series: Golden Nature Guides, Golden Guides (Nature)

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This book is an introduction to the snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders of North America, aids in the identification of 212 species.

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When I was a kid, this was our "go-to" reference for identification of amphibians and reptiles. As a "Golden Nature Guide" paperback, it is small enough to slip into a pocket or backpack.

It contains detailed color illustrations, along with descriptions of the individual animals' morphology and natural history, and a small distribution map. Geographic coverage is of US species (thus, the "American" of the title refers to that portion of North America governed by the US). Separate chapters are devoted to turtles, lizards, snakes, alligators and crocodiles, frogs & toads, and salamanders. Species and species groupings are identified by common name (thus scientific names are not given). Introductory sections deal briefly with evolutionary history, fact and fable, "values" of reptiles and of amphibians (hmmm...), conservation, snake bite, and activities (including collecting and care in captivity).

Having been published over 50 years ago, this small nature guide will mainly be of historical interest and to collectors of natural history ephemera. Now, of course, it has long since been superceded by works more complete, accurate, and current. ( )
2 vote danielx | Jun 14, 2017 |
Serves its purpose, perhaps, but is too basic. Good for kids. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Dec 6, 2009 |
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Smith, Hobart M.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Irving, James GordonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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