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The Reptiles

(Life Nature Library #14)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Traces the evolution of reptiles and discusses the physical characteristics and habits of the three main groups existing today--turtles, lizards and snakes, and the crocodilians.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published 1963 by Time-Life Books, Inc.
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Andrew Ives
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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(1969 hardback) This starts off very well, and is particularly informative over the first few chapters pertaining to evolution, dinosaurs, amphibians, eggs and skeletons of reptiles. My particular copy had 15 pages ripped out from p33-48, which I suspect was due to blasphemous evolutionary theories that were unacceptable to a school somewhere. There are a few great photos of a giant prehistoric turtle skeleton, a kangaroo rat jumping over a snake and a lunatic wrestling an anaconda in a river, b ...more
Lieblingsbuch (Kenny Vierck)
It is very enjoyable to read a book written by someone who is so passionate about something. The first couple chapters are especially enjoyable because of this and written in a way that isn't your typical dry textbook. The main flaws of this (besides advancements in our scientific understanding since the writing) are that sometimes information is repeated too often and in more and more words. Sometimes a lot of words are used to describe nothing much at all. I wasn't expecting recipes for eating ...more
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Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Like ‘em or hate ‘em, reptiles are fascinating creatures. LIFE Nature Library’s The Reptiles is an accessible, clearly written introduction to the unusual biology of this class of animals. The chart of reptile evolution has been completely redrawn since this book came out, but otherwise the biology is still pretty accurate (disclaimer: I'm a geneticist, not a herpetologist).

I didn’t like this volume nearly as much as the others in the series. Though technically good, the writing is a little too
Jeff Szpirglas
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my absolute favorite book growing up. I probably checked it out from my school library enough times to fill the card. It's an informative tome with a nice balance of text and pictures, but honestly, this book is so engrained in my head it's hard to be objective about it (hence the five star review). Great snake picture on the cover, too. Books like this made me want to be a herpetologist. ...more
Aakash Kumar
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with reptiles after reading this book. Reptiles are here on earth from more than 200 million years and one of the most diverse creatures on the earth. They have survived in the most difficult conditions of earth and this book by Archie Carr is just a perfect tribute to them. I only hated the part where writer tells about making different dishes from reptiles.
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