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The best-selling field guides of all time
This new edition reflects 25 years of changes in our knowledge of the reptiles and amphibians of eastern and central North America. It includes descriptions of 122 newly recognized or recently established non-native species, updated maps, and new figures and photos. Color illustrations and drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 322 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions. Clear and concise species accounts provide key characteristics, comparisons with similar species, and descriptions of habitats and ranges. Some also list subspecies, describe voices, and note conservation status. This edition is a crucial resource for professional and amateur herpetologists, naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and students.
Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute
DR. ROBERT POWELL is professor of biology at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.
The late ROGER CONANT was director and curator of reptiles at the Philadelphia Zoo.
The late JOSEPH T. COLLINSwas founder and director of the Center for North American Herpetology.
About the Author
ROBERT POWELL is professor of biology at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, and a research associate at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Lawrence. He has written hundreds of scientific articles and notes (many with student coauthors) and is coauthor or coeditor of seven books, including A Key to the Herpetofauna of the Continental United States and Canada (1998, 2nd edition 2012; with Joseph T. Collins and Errol D. Hooper).
ROGER CONANT was an American herpetologist, author, and conservationist.
The late JOSEPH T. COLLINS was the herpetologist with the Kansas Biological Survey and emeritus at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where he worked for thirty years. He was founder and director of the Center for North American Herpetology and author of many articles and books, most recently Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles in Kansas (2010; with Suzanne L. Collins and Travis W. Taggart).