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A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians: Field Marks of All Species in Western North America, Includung Baja California (Peterson Field Guides #16)

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This guide describes 244 species plus 260 subspecies, includingthe key features needed to identify them. The 600 illustrations show details of anatomy, reproduction, scale arrangement, and life stages. Full range information is given in 200 maps.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published January 1st 1966)
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Doug Clark
Nov 11, 2012 Doug Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Peterson Field Guide series has justly been hailed as one of the great resources to naturalists throughout the world. The founder of the series, Robert Tory Peterson, was an enthusiastic artist and birder. Born on August 28, 1908 in Jamestown NY, Peterson was inspired by a seventh grade teacher to join a Junior Audubon Club. He soon became completely absorbed by the world of birds. His interest wasn’t satisfied just watching birds. He became obsessed with identifying them. He began to make s ...more
Dav
Bought a copy for this to keep around for nature trips. So now when my daughter captures a frog (or maybe that's a toad?) we can try to figure out what species it is. Also wanted to read up on what the venomous critters are in this part of the California, which seems to be just the Northern Pacific rattlesnake or Crotalus oreganus oreganus.

In addition to being the definitive reference for identification, there are some handy tips like how to make a lizard noose or snake fork, how to best perform
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Scott Cox
As with all the Peterson Field Guide series, the arrow indicators directed towards key distinguishing features for similar species is invaluable. I have used this field guide for many years as a reference for identifying new species of reptiles & amphibians. My "most wanted" California reptiles & amphibians that I would still like to see in the wild: Rosy Boa, Mountain Kingsnake, California Legless Lizard and the Yosemite Toad. Outside of California, I have looked for Gila Monsters and C ...more
Myra Sullivan
Same as Butterflies Through Binoculars. A little advanced for my taste (took forever to find a Common Garter snake because it included a billion other species of Garter and how to identify each one...) but loads of information.
Ken-ichi
Pretty much the standard guide for western herps. Pretty good overall, good illustrations and maps, a bit light on the natural history but it's meant for the field. Sturdy binding, despite thickness.
Niki
Aug 22, 2008 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most comprehensive field guide I've found for herps. It is the one used by most professionals in the field. The hand drawn plates allow the authors to really illustrate important defining characteristics.
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