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By Trevor Beebee, Richard Griffiths

Construction at the good foundations confirmed via the 2 past New Naturalist volumes in this topic, eminent herpetologists Trevor Beebee and Richard Griffiths have introduced jointly a wealth of latest and engaging details at the British amphibians and reptiles. An introductory bankruptcy seems on the topic of biogeography and the way elements resembling geological historical past, range and weather have an effect on ecology, existence histories and behavior. The authors then cross directly to speak about old curiosity in amphibians and reptiles, from how they've got featured in witchcraft and legends to fashionable views. a 3rd bankruptcy covers uncomplicated biology of amphibians and reptiles, sooner than all of the major teams – newts, frogs and toads, lizards, snakes and chelonians – are tested in additional aspect. A finished account for every species covers behaviour, existence historical past, replica and distribution, in addition to ecology and conservation prestige, parts within which major discoveries were made in recent times. there's additionally a bankruptcy with vital new info at the burgeoning variety of brought species in Britain, equivalent to bullfrogs, alpine newts and wall lizards. over the last part century, amphibians and reptiles were one of the so much critical casualties of the altering lifestyle within the British geographical region. In popularity of the threats they proceed to stand, Beebee and Griffiths rightly devote a last, huge bankruptcy to the more and more vital factor of conservation and speak about the measures had to be taken to make sure the long run survival of the British herpetofauna. With over a hundred black and white line drawings and illustrations, and an 8-page color part, this can be an authoritative paintings on a subject matter of significant usual background curiosity.

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