Collins Field Guide Reptiles and Amphibians Britain & Europe
This book contains descriptions of every species of salamander, newt, frog, tree frog, toad, tortoise, turtle, terrapin, gecko, agama, lizard, chameleon, slow worm, skink, amphisbaenian and snake found in mainland Europe. Every species and distinct subspecies is described in detail, with notes on its range, size, colour and markings, diagnostic characters, habitat, behaviour and, in the case of venomous snakes, the type and virulence of its poison.
The final part of the book deals with the identification of the eggs and tadpoles of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders. There are also introductions to each group of animals, with helpful keys to aid identification where necessary, an introduction to the biology of reptiles and amphibians and how best to study this fascinating part of our fauna. The book is also beautifully illustrated with 49 colour plates and distribution maps for each species.
- ISBN: 9780002199643
- Author(s): E Nicholas Arnold
- Illustrator(s): Denys W Ovenden
- Stock Code: 2199643
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Black & white illustrations, Colour plates, Maps
- Pages: 288
- Published: 2004
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This book includes profiles of the 16 native reptiles and amphibians that breed in Britain, 5 marine turtles that visit our seas, 7 established non-native species and 8 more with a history of release or escape. There are introductory sections on the biology and conservation, taxonomy, life cycle, and behaviour of each species group.
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There are seven amphibians native to Great Britain. Of these, the great crested newt and common toad are Biodiversity Action Plan priorities. There are two rare amphibians; the natterjack toad and the northern pool frog. The natterjack is a conservation priority, hence a section of this title is dedicated to this species. The pool frog is currently subject to a reintroduction project and is not covered by the current handbook.