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Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego
by Jeffrey M. Lemm

With its varied topography of coast, mountains, and desert, the San Diego region, considered one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, boasts a rich variety of amphibians and reptiles--from the arboreal salamander to the green sea turtle to the secretive San Diego banded gecko and the red diamond rattlesnake. More than a field guide, this up-to-date, authoritative, conservation-oriented book is the first comprehensive resource on the herpetofauna of the region, which is unfortunately also known for its high number of endangered species. Jeffrey M. Lemm gives information on identification, habitats, biology, and the conservation status of all 88 amphibian and reptile species found in the San Diego region. Many of these animals can also be found in a wide area of Southern California and Northern Baja California, making this valuable guide useful for a wide geographic area and a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts, nature-lovers, and professionals alike.

Pub. Date: December 2006 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 344pp
052024574

Price: $24.95
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Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America
Wade C. Sherbrooke

* Features detailed species accounts; gives information on horned lizard biology, ecology, and evolution; and describes the role of these fascinating reptiles in mythology, culture, and art
* Covers the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and includes all species of horned lizards

Pub. Date: May 2003 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 191pp

052022827
Price: $18.95
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Mammals of California
by E. W. Jameson Jr., Hans Peeters

From river otters and minks to bobcats, pikas, and flying squirrels, California boasts a diverse and intriguing mammalian fauna. But many of these animals can be secretive, shy, and nocturnal, and observing them in the wild can be difficult. During the last two decades, the first edition of this popular guide introduced thousands to California's mammals by describing techniques for recognizing their presence and, when possible, watching them in their natural habitats. The only book to present all the state's mammals together in one accessible field guide. Mammals of California is now completely revised and updated throughout, making it an ideal companion in the field or classroom.

Pub. Date: April 2004 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Textbook Paperback, 440pp
052023582

Price: $21.95
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Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide
by J. Whitfield Gibbons, Judy Greene

Ever wonder how many kinds of turtles there are? Or if they have teeth? Why so many turtles have yellow stripes on their neck? If it is wise to feed turtles in your neighborhood pond or lake? Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene, two internationally known turtle biologists, provide complete answers to the most frequently asked questions about the more than 300 turtle, tortoise, and terrapin species of the world.

From the palm-sized bog turtles of the United States to the great oceanic leatherbacks, turtles across the globe are admired for their persistence, patience, and resilience. They are favorites of scientific study and beloved pets throughout the world. With a friendly mix of scientific analysis and basic encyclopedic coverage, Gibbons and Greene discuss a broad range of turtle topics, including behavior, ecology, reproduction and development, turtle-human relationships, and the appearance of turtles in popular literature.

With attractive photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, Gibbons and Greene answer more than 100 common questions about these remarkable creatures. Readers who want answers to specific questions or just want to expand their knowledge about these unique and interesting animals will find the information they seek in this essential reference.

Pub. Date: December 10, 2009 Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Format: Paperback, 184pp
080189350

Price: $24.95
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Whales, Dolphins & Other Marine Mammals of the World
by Brett Jarrett (Illustrator), Hadoram Shirihai

This breathtakingly beautiful book brings readers nose-to-nose with all of the world's marine mammals-a comprehensive line-up of remarkable whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, walruses, otters, polar bears, dugongs, and manatees.

A highly practical field guide, it combines state-of-the-art illustrations with superb color photographs and detailed maps. The book highlights key field marks and clearly summarizes the types of behaviors that marine-mammal watchers may observe.

Where other guides settle for static or wooden images and descriptions, this one comes to life with the kind of detailed text and stunning photos that make for a go-to reference guide. Armed with this book, any observer anywhere in the world should be able to identify the marine mammals they encounter.

A go-to field guide to all of the world's marine mammals
Contains key field marks and summaries of behavior
Over 450 stunning color photos
124 color maps
Over 500 beautiful new illustrations
An exquisite blend of text, illustrations, and photos, harmonized for practical field usage
Suitable for both amateurs and seasoned professionals

Publisher: Princeton University Press Pub. Date: August 2006 ISBN-13: 9780691127576 384pp Series: Princeton Field Guides

069112757
Price: $14.98
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