by Colin McCarthy. 64 pages. Publisher: DK Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2000) Reading level: Ages 8+.
What’s the difference between a crocodile and alligator? Find out here—and then turn the page to see a snake eating a rat, a lizard in mating display, or a turtle defending itself! Stunning real-life photographs of snakes, crocodiles, lizards, and turtles offer a unique "eyewitness" view of some of the world's most curious living creatures, their intriguing characteristics, and unusual behavior. Learn how crocodiles look after their young, how lizards store fat in their tails, and how chameleons swivel their eyes. Witness how snakes are charmed, how geckos walk upside down, why crocodiles swallow stones, how a snake is milked of its venom, and much, much more!
This highly acclaimed encyclopedia combines authoritative, easy-to-read essays with exciting photographs showing reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. Illustrations explain anatomy and biological features, and maps show world distribution of species. Commissioned articles by scientists, zoologists and researchers provide the latest findings and interpretations of data.
Authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful, this landmark volume is strongly recommended for anyone with a keen interest in amphibians and reptiles.
Turtles of the United States and Canada,
by Carl H. Ernst and Jeffrey E. Lovich. 840 pages. Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; second edition edition (May 12, 2009) Ernst and Lovich's thoroughly revised edition of this classic reference provides the most updated information ever assembled on the natural histories of North American turtles.
Each species account contains information on identification, genetics, fossil record, distribution, geographic variation, habitat, behavior, reproduction, biology, growth and longevity, food habits, populations, predators, and conservation status. The book includes range maps for freshwater and terrestrial species, a glossary of scientific names, an extensive bibliography for further research, and an index to scientific and common names.