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By Trevor Beebee, Richard Griffiths

Development at the sturdy foundations tested through the 2 previous New Naturalist volumes in this topic, eminent herpetologists Trevor Beebee and Richard Griffiths have introduced jointly a wealth of recent and interesting details at the British amphibians and reptiles. An introductory bankruptcy appears to be like on the topic of biogeography and the way elements akin to geological background, range and weather have an effect on ecology, existence histories and behavior. The authors then move directly to talk about old curiosity in amphibians and reptiles, from how they've got featured in witchcraft and legends to trendy views. a 3rd bankruptcy covers uncomplicated biology of amphibians and reptiles, ahead of all of the major teams – newts, frogs and toads, lizards, snakes and chelonians – are tested in extra aspect. A accomplished account for every species covers behaviour, existence background, replica and distribution, in addition to ecology and conservation prestige, components within which major discoveries were made lately. 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 past part century, amphibians and reptiles were one of the such a lot critical casualties of the altering lifestyle within the British nation-state. In attractiveness of the threats they proceed to stand, Beebee and Griffiths rightly devote a last, immense bankruptcy to the more and more very important factor of conservation and talk 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 is often an authoritative paintings on a topic of significant common heritage curiosity.

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