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A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides #12)

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This newly designed field guides features detailed descriptions of 595 species and subspecies. The 656 full-color illustrations and 384 drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 333 color photographs and 333 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 1975)
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Alex Tsiatsos
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
plates are too dark and indistinct and range-based species selection is odd. It covers species almost to the west coast but not quite all the way
Darinda
A decent field guide on reptiles and amphibians. This field guide covers the eastern and central North American reptiles and amphibians (crocodilians, turtles, lizards, amphisbaenians, snakes, salamanders, toads, and frogs.
Jessie (saxgrl1)
Jul 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Not my favorite field guide, but there are few Reptile and Amphibian guides out there. The description of Mudpuppies is slightly offensive to the southerner. "...but southerners, not to be outdone in coining colorful names, refer to it and all its relatives as "waterdogs." Throughout much of Dixieland, "mudpuppy" is also used by contry folk..." Is any of the elaborate discription necessary? How about "In the south, it is commonly referred to as a "waterdog."
Aside from that, an ok field guide. Sl
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Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very comprehensive field guide to Eastern/Central North America reptiles and amphibians. My only recommended suggestion (common to many of the Peterson Field Guide series) is that I wish the range maps were included with the species rather than being separate in the back of the book. However, this guide is extremely helpful for field identification. I have used it mostly in Florida, but I have found it helpful as far west as Big Bend National Park in Texas.
Clif
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This has a different cover than the version I have.

I read this book all the time when I was growing up, hoping I could tell which snakes we would have to avoid while on vacation in Florida and the like. Still one of my favorites!!
Alan
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
love it love it love it. All that information on all those southern endemics! Biogeography the same as the plants!

I've known this book since its first edition. It just keeps getting better... arguably the best of all the Peterson field guides.
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Useful book for identifying all those creatures you run into in the backyard and out in the National Parks. Good photographs and descriptions. Regional maps are at the back.
Naja
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This field guide was actually first published in 1958, and has been continuously updated since then. Any field herper in their right mind should have this in their collection.
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