Reptile Books: A Selection Of Awesome Books on Snakes, Crocodilians, Turtles & Lizards. Encyclopedias, ID Guides & More…

Reptile books for reptile lovers of all ages. Discover amazing facts about snakes, crocodiles, turtles and their relatives. Our carefully selected collection of books about reptiles contains titles suitable for herpetologists young and old.

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The Book of Snakes: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World

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  • 656 pages / 2400 color plates
  • 7 1/8 x 10 1/2
  • Hardcover

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For millennia, humans have regarded snakes with an exceptional combination of fascination and revulsion. Some people recoil in fear at the very suggestion of these creatures, while others happily keep them as pets. Snakes can convey both beauty and menace in a single tongue flick and so these creatures have held a special place in our cultures. Yet, for as many meanings that we attribute to snakes, from fertility and birth to sin and death, the real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders.

The Book of Snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering nearly one in six of all snake species. It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for more than 160 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, as well as two of the great oceans.

This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text. It is the first book on these creatures that combines a broad, worldwide sample with full-color, life-size accounts. Entries include close-ups of the snake's head and a section of the snake at actual size. The detailed images allow readers to examine the intricate scale patterns and rainbow of colors as well as special features like a cobra's hood or a rattlesnake's rattle. The text is written for laypeople and includes a glossary of frequently used terms. Herpetologists and herpetoculturists alike will delight in this collection, and even those with a more cautious stance on snakes will find themselves drawn in by the wild diversity of the suborder Serpentes.

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Smithsonian Handbooks: Reptiles and Amphibians

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  • Flexibound
  • 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches

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The most comprehensive and easy-to-use pocket guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the world, with beautiful color photographs and authoritative text from an expert herpetologist and a biology professor specializing in amphibians. Packed with over 600 color photographs of more than 400 species, this handbook is designed to enable you to recognize each species quickly and easily.

World-renowned herpetologist Mark O’Shea, best known for his Animal Planet/Discovery Channel show O’Shea’s Big Adventure, teams up with Tim Halliday, former biology professor at the Open University and one of the world’s leading authorities on amphibians, to write expert-level entries highlighting the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each species, accompanied by crisp, detailed photos.

A comprehensive introduction describes the anatomy, lifecycle, and behavior of the major groups of reptiles and amphibians, while the initial steps of identification are facilitated by a clear visual key.

Whether you’re spotting animals in the field or browsing the fascinating world of wildlife from the comfort of your home, this Dorling Kindersley guidebook is a great resource for any nature-lover.

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  • Paperback
  • Size: 230 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 200

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Snake is the essential visual guide to the world of serpents, featuring more than 3,000 species. With a fresh new look, updated classifications, stunning photography and amazing artworks, Snake is the most up-to-date reference for all herpetologists.

Packed with fascinating facts such as physical and behavioural characteristics, with information about snake evolution, habitats, reproductive behaviour, feeding, defence and much more on 60 snakes, from the Rainbow Boa to the Tropical Rattlesnake. Plus a complete directory lists all 3,000 known species of these fascinating reptiles, including venomous snakes such as cobras. Plus in each profile a 'Fact File' gives at-a-glance information for every snake.

Snake is a beautiful and comprehensive guide to some of nature's most compelling animals.

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Ultimate Reptileopedia: The Most Complete Reptile Reference Ever

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 Pages; 370 color photographs
  • 8-1/2" x 10-1/2"
  • 7-10 years

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The natural world experts at National Geographic present the ultimate reference book on reptiles, designed just for kids. Crawling with fascinating facts, lively text, and tons of cool, colorful, images of the weirdest and wackiest reptiles on planet Earth, it is sure to be their coveted, #1 reference.

Snakey, slimey, scaley, and sensational! Welcome to the amazing world of the most popular reptiles on Earth. With colorful photographs and fun facts, this easy-to-use encyclopedia profiles snakes, lizards, amphibians, turtles and tortoises, crocodilians, and tuatara. Profiles are accompanied by Did You Know? details and fast facts including scientific name, size, diet, and habitat.

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DK Eyewitness Books: Reptile

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback
  • 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches

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A visual and informative guide to these cold-blooded creatures, now revised and updated in the relaunched DK Eyewitness Books format.

Get up close and personal and be an eyewitness to all kinds of reptiles from the start of life inside an egg to hunting skills and survival techniques with DK Eyewitness Books: Reptile. See snake anatomy from the skeleton to scaly skin; learn about the gripping feet of a lizard; discover the variety of shells found on turtles and tortoises; and stand a safe distance from crocodile jaws.

Now available for the first time in paperback, DK Eyewitness Books: Reptile lets young readers enter the cold-blooded world of these fascinating creatures.

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National Geographic Pocket Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America

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  • Softcover
  • 176 pages; 150 color photographs
  • 4 1/4" x 7 1/4"

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This basic beginner's field guide to our favorite animals that slither and swim is the latest in the growing National Geographic Pocket Guide series. Spot-on descriptive information and key facts about reptiles and amphibians are conveyed in a handy, colorful, easy-to-reference volume.

More robust than any other beginning field guides, this book includes selected photography and newly commissioned art and graphics to illustrate and identify each species from every angle. With logical organization and bulleted information, this pocket guide is useful in the field or as in-home reference, for beginners, families, and new nature lovers alike.

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National Geographic Kids Reptiles and Amphibians Sticker Activity Book

National Geographic Kids Reptiles and Amphibians Sticker Activity Book

  • Ages 4-8
  • Softcover
  • 56 pages
  • 7 7/8" x 10 7/8"

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This activity book is jam-packed with the coolest reptiles and amphibians kids love -- from frogs to turtles to alligators to lizards. Loaded with color and fun, it includes mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, more than 1,000 stickers, and more.

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