Though nature is indifferent to the struggles of her creatures, the human effect on them is often premeditated. The distressing decline of sea turtles in Pacific waters and their surprising recovery in the Atlantic illuminate what can go both wrong and right from our interventions, and teach us the lessons that can be applied to restore health to the world's oceans and its creatures. As Voyage of the Turtle, Carl Safina's compelling natural history adventure makes clear, the fate of the astonishing leatherback turtle, whose ancestry can be traced back 125 million years, is in our hands.
Writing with verve and color, Safina describes how he and his colleagues track giant pelagic turtles across the world's oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent. As scientists apply lessons learned in the Atlantic and Caribbean to other endangered seas, Safina follows leatherback migrations, including a thrilling journey from Monterey, California, to nesting grounds on the most remote beaches of Papua, New Guinea. The only surviving species of its genus, family, and suborder, the leatherback is an evolutionary marvel: a "reptile" that behaves like a warm-blooded dinosaur, an ocean animal able to withstand colder water than most fishes and dive deeper than any whale.
In his peerless prose, Safina captures the delicate interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who are finally playing a significant role in their survival.
"Magnificent . . . A joyful, hopeful book. Safina gives us ample reasons to be enthralled by this astonishing ancient animal—and ample reasons to care." -- The Los Angeles Times
Unlike other snake books, Shupe’s guide covers the snake population of the entire United States. His expertise and knowledge of snakes is apparent in the thoughtful descriptions and handy hints on how to tell poisonous snakes from their harmless imitators. He also includes an informative natural history of the reptiles and the scientific terms by which they are referred. As a gift for a young naturalist, a reference book for your library, or a handy tool in a sticky situation, this guide is practical, useful, and fun!
This guide to the snakes, frogs, turtles, and salamanders of North America aids in the identification of 212 species. Learn:
- How to tell the difference between reptiles and amphibians
- How and where to find them
- How to separate fact from fable
Reptiles and Amphibians includes full-color illustrations, up-to-date range maps, and a host of fascinating facts about these interesting and unusual animals.
Using clear text and detailed illustrations, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press present accurate information in a handy format for the beginner to the expert. These guides focus on what your students are really going to see. They are easy to use: detailed, full-color illustrations, text, and maps are all in one place. They are easy to understand: accurate, accessible information is simplified without being misrepresented. They are authoritative, containing up-to-date information written experts and checked by specialists. And they are portable: handy and lightweight, designed to fit in a pocket and be carried anywhere.
Terry VanDeWalle provides a complete description of each species, both adult and young, as well as distinguishing characteristics for thirty-two subspecies of snakes and two subspecies of lizards: length, color, head and neck patterns, scales, and so on. Also included is information about habitat preferences: forests, wet meadows, and sand prairies, for example. Most helpful for identifying snakes and lizards in the field are his comparisons of similar species and his comprehensive key.
Superb photographs by Suzanne Collins of adult and, when needed for identification, young snakes and lizards make this guide the perfect companion for hikers in all kinds of environments whenever a snake ripples across your path or a lizard darts into the underbrush.
In this authoritative field guide, you'll find:Full-color photographs and a county-by-county distribution map for each species.Each species' common and scientific name, description, look-alikes, and a summary sketch of its habitat, behavior, reproduction, venom characteristics, predator-prey relationships, and fossil record.Up-to-date advice on recognizing venomous snakes and preventing and treating snakebite, both at home and in the field.A glossary of terms and an extensive bibliography.
A special feature of this guide is an expanded treatment of the ecological and evolutionary context in which venomous snakes live, which supports Price's goal "to lessen the hatred and fear and to increase the understanding, the respect, and even the appreciation with which venomous snakes should be regarded."
Reptiles of North America by Hobart M. Smith and Edmund D. Brodie, Jr.
Discover the Red-bellied Turtle, which is nearly extinct. Uncover a Garter Snake in your backyard. Locate an Alligator Lizard--or a Legless one. Identifying reptiles is fascinating and fun with this classic Golden Field Guide. Abundant illustrations and the Key Characteristic system, preferred by professionals, make this single-volume reference an outstanding choice for nature projects, collectors of all ages, and scientific study.
-All of North America in one volume
-278 species and 500 subspecies in 22 families...plus 18 exotics
-Illustrations include juveniles and adults, body forms, undersides, scales, and more!
-Text, range maps, and illustrations seen together at a glance
-Common and scientific names
-Convenient measuring rules
...Plus first aid information for snakebites.
The contributors touch on many fields in biology, including physiology, development, genetics, behavior, ecology, and evolution. The book includes sections on the history of research, both published and unpublished data, sections on collecting techniques, and references to important earlier studies.
The series is known as one of the most beautiful on the kindle. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color kindle.
Lots of facts and photos will help your children learn about this wonderful animal. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of turtles: anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.
*** You and your kids will love learning about Turtles
Table of Contents
Turtles as Pets
Turtles and Turtle Care
What Tortoise eat
Types of turtles
Interesting Facts About Tortoise
Interesting Facts About Tortoise
Who doesn’t like to know interesting or exciting things? So here are some facts about tortoises which will amaze everyone.
• The evolution of tortoises happened before the mammals, lizards, snakes. Tortoises are one of the ancient creatures living on earth.
• 60 different bones make tortoise’s shell which are connected to each other.
• Most of the tortoise can live a long life like a hundred years of age.
• Most living animals have teeth but tortoises don’t have them.
• The tortoise has a bony portion in its shell which protects it from many dangers.
• The desert tortoise can survive ground temperature exceeding 140 degree Fahrenheit.
Well-written species accounts describe each snake's appearance, lookalikes, size, habitat, behavior, feeding, and reproduction. The authors also include color photos and finely detailed line drawings to aid field identification, along with accurate range maps, a checklist of Texas snakes, a key to the species, and a brief discussion of classification and taxonomy. The authors round out this volume with essays on snake myths and misinformation, snakebite and its prevention, conservation, Texas biotic provinces, and a brief history of Texas herpetology.
Pterosaurs features some 200 stunning illustrations, including original paintings by Mark Witton and photos of rarely seen fossils. After decades of mystery, paleontologists have finally begun to understand how pterosaurs are related to other reptiles, how they functioned as living animals, and, despite dwarfing all other flying animals, how they managed to become airborne. Here you can explore the fossil evidence of pterosaur behavior and ecology, learn about the skeletal and soft-tissue anatomy of pterosaurs, and consider the newest theories about their cryptic origins. This one-of-a-kind book covers the discovery history, paleobiogeography, anatomy, and behaviors of more than 130 species of pterosaur, and also discusses their demise at the end of the Mesozoic.The most comprehensive book on pterosaurs ever published Features some 200 illustrations, including original paintings by the author Covers every known species and major group of pterosaurs Describes pterosaur anatomy, ecology, behaviors, diversity, and more Encourages further study with 500 references to primary pterosaur literature
Over 500 captivating images reveal the enigmatic and fragile world of frogs and their relatives . Frog: A Photographic Portrait creates a visual testament to a fascinating group of species that are vanishing from our planet at an alarming rate.
Whether confronting scorpions, beefworms, army ants, or venomous snakes, Freed conveys a contagious enthusiasm for the outdoors and all that lives in it. With humor and gratitude, he embraces both the hardships and the rewards of being in the field. His tales of discovery are also travel stories, and by sharing the experiences of his trips across the globe—“the successful ones and those not so successful”—Freed encourages the adventurer in all of us.
As he ponders on a writhing knot of golden toads—a species that may now be extinct—or the twitching blue tail broken from a girdled lizard, Freed introduces conservation issues particular to specific locales and those shared across the global village. Through his experiences, readers learn a variety of exotic wildlife collection techniques, some of which represent ingenious improvising, under hazardous conditions, and some of which are downright humorous. They share the excitement of scientific discoveries, the thrill of international travel to remote and fascinating regions, and the opportunity to encounter both rare and abundant wildlife in its natural habitats.
Armchair naturalists, amateur herpers, and people interested in exotic travel, ecotourism, and scientific adventure will find this book just as appealing and informative as will professional and academic herpetologists.
A Golden Guide ® FROM ST. MARTIN'S PRESS
Enjoy and Learn!
For many naturalists, woodland frogs and toads represent some of their first encounters with wildlife. Now this Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press offers fascinating insights into the mysterious world of frogs and toads.
* Covers everything from the deadly poisonous frogs of South America to our common woodland species
* The ways of distinguishing frogs and toads
* Learn about their growth, reproduction, and way of life
Includes gorgeous, accurate, full-cover illustrations and little-known facts about these extraordinary, overlooked animals.
In addition to sea turtle biology, Carr recorded his general impressions, producing a natural history sprinkled with colorful stories.
Bestselling author John Davidson presents "Crocodiles For Kids – Amazing Animal Books For Young Readers". Beautiful Pictures and easy reading format will help children fall in love with Crocodiles. This is one of over 30 books in the Amazing Animal Books for Young Readers Series.
The series is known as one of the most beautiful on the kindle. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color kindle.
Lots of facts and photos will help your children learn about this wonderful animal. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of this beautiful animal: its anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.
*** You and your kids will love learning about Crocodiles***
Table of Contents
Features of Crocodiles
Diet of Crocodiles
Behavior and Vocalization
Crocodiles and Alligators
Humans and Crocodiles
Sometimes when you row a boat through a water body close to a marshy land, you may notice the fallen leaves covering the surface of the water entirely. It may look pretty like a scene from Disneyland. But if you look closely, you may be able to see a pair of eyes staring at you from the water watching your every move unblinking. Scary, isn’t it? Well, the owner of those pair of eyes is even more scarier being a deadly predator. He is the king of the water and nothing can match his bite force. Yes, he’s the crocodile.
Just the very mention of crocodile is enough to make goose bumps appear on one’s skin. But what we really do not know is that those powerful jaws with teeth can also be gentle when dealing with baby crocs. Are crocodiles same as alligators or are they totally different creatures? Curious to know?
Then join us as we explore the world of crocs and understand what makes them such powerful predators with some other interesting facts.
<h2>BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID! Some animals are cute and cuddly and just love their human companions. THESE ARE NOT THOSE ANIMALS! This book has the most dangerous and deadly animals on Earth! A children's book with fun facts and beautiful pictures.</h2>
<h2>SNAKES! Perhaps no animal terrifies as many people as the snake does. And while most are actually quite harmless, others can be dangerous and deadly! This book has them all. A children's book with fun facts and beautiful pictures.</h2>
<h2>DINOSAURS! Everyone loves dinosaurs! These massive, prehistoric beasts once ruled the planet. Some animals are cute and cuddly. THESE ARE NOT THOSE ANIMALS! This book has the most dangerous and deadly animals that ever roamed the Earth! 27 DIFFERENT DINOSAURS FEATURED! A children's book with fun facts and beautiful pictures.</h2>
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You and your child will learn all about these beautiful but fierce creatures. There are dozens and dozens of gorgeous pictures of each animal shown in its natural environment.
<h2>Here Are Just Some of the Animals Included</h2>
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In Snakemaster, Austin Stevens tells incredible stories of his many run-ins with dangerous animals and reptiles. From wrestling with a reticulated python to panicking after being bitten by the infamous Gaboon viper, Stevens brings you into his world of wildlife and tells the story of how a boy from Pretoria, South Africa, became one of the most widely known herpetologists in the world.
With incredible photographs taken by Stevens himself, you’ll be able to place yourself in his world—from the deserts of Africa to the jungles of Borneo. Sharing incredible stories of his love of animals and nature, this one-of-a-kind collection of stories will make you laugh, cry, and shiver with fear!
But the Great Turtle Race is just one of many tools marine conservationists use to inform people about the status, biology, and lives of the seven sea turtle species. Due to human actions, once-plentiful sea turtle population levels plummeted throughout much of the twentieth century, stabilizing somewhat only after Archie Carr and Jacques Cousteau popularized their plight. With Saving Sea Turtles, award-winning author James R. Spotila picks up where Carr and Cousteau left off, going inside the modern-day conservation movement to tell the tales of today’s sea turtle conservationists. He provides a complete overview of sea turtle biology and life cycles, discusses the human and natural world threats they face, and examines the new methods and technologies humans are using to save them. Throughout, Spotila dots the narrative with stories of real-life heroes who risk life and limb to understand, track, and conserve sea turtles across the globe.
Spotila has been at the forefront of sea turtle research and conservation for decades. His inspirational story of dedicated individuals, creative endeavors, and adventure reveals what is being done and what else we must do in order to ensure that these fascinating animals continue swimming in the oceans.
The Extreme Life of the Sea shows you the world’s oldest living species. It describes how flying fish strain to escape their predators, how predatory deep-sea fish use red searchlights only they can see to find and attack food, and how, at the end of her life, a mother octopus dedicates herself to raising her batch of young. This wide-ranging and highly accessible book also shows how ocean adaptations can inspire innovative commercial products—such as fan blades modeled on the flippers of humpback whales—and how future extremes created by human changes to the oceans might push some of these amazing species over the edge.
An enhanced edition is also available and includes eleven videos.
A REFERENCE FOR RESEARCHERS, DIVERS AND SNORKELLERS
With almost every fish, shark and ray likely to be seen by divers and snorkellers in the Maldives and Central/Western Indian Ocean,this reference book is the perfect guide to check on those mystery fishes seen during dives.
Illustrated with superb underwater photographs, with most photographs taken in the Maldives, the pages are packed with information relevant
to the Maldives marine environment. The species that vary in colour, or between sexes, are all illustrated with additional photographs.
The introduction explains the basics of fish science, behaviour and evolution and brief text for each species describes points of interest and differences between similar species. There are detailed drawings on fish-features, shapes and colour patterns. To assist in identifying the family, small, diagnostic silhouettes from the contents page are distributed as thumbprints throughout the book. Fishes of the Maldives Indian Ocean is easy to use, and will hopefully encourage researchers, divers and snorkellers to take greater interest in the smaller species, as well as the large.
With adventures on five continents, Dragon Songs is his account of this quest. It includes an escape from a boiling lava lake in the Afar Desert, being chased up a tree by a tiger in India, hitching a ride with a cocaine smuggler in Bolivia, and diving with giant Greenland sharks—all in the name of studying crocodiles, among which he routinely paddled in his inflatable kayak. Of course, not everything went according to plan. But, in the end, his ground-breaking research helped change the field. And during the course of his adventures, he met and courted his future wife.
Croc! takes the reader into the fascinating world of this dangerous animal, and into the lives of the people who hunted or were hunted by them. These true stories paint a picture of incredible hardship, endurance and the sheer will to survive in one of the world's last great wilderness areas.
Robert Reid interviews the men and women who culled the saltwater crocodile in North Queensland, along with survivors of attacks by these fearsome creatures and those who witnessed scenes of real horror. The people he meets are every bit as colourful and courageous as any fictional characters in fact it would be difficult to invent some of them.
These tales of tragic fatalities and amazing escapes from the jaws of these primeval animals are the stuff of headlines. They are riveting stories of humans versus beasts in an unforgiving environment.
Texas Snakes: A Field Guide has all the resources you need to identify snakes in the wild and in your yard:110 full-color, close-up photos that show every snake, as well as 39 detailed line drawings110 range mapsUp-to-date species accounts that describe each snake's appearance, look-alikes, size, and habitatA checklist of all Texas snakes and a key to the speciesReliable information on poisonous snakes and preventing and treating snakebitesConcise guides to snake conservation, classification, and identification
Drawn from the authors' monumental, definitive Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural History, this field guide is your must-have source for identifying any snake you see in Texas.
Stutesman examines a wide range of sources to investigate the complex and widespread symbolism the snake has inspired, including the serpent's temptation of Eve in the Bible, Kaa in The Jungle Book, the Chinese zodiac, Indian snake charmers, and the Hollywood film Anaconda. She looks at the role snakes have played in human culture and science, from snake cuisine and the use of venom in medicine to the intriguing history of snake symbolism in art, architecture, cinema, and even clothing. Richly illustrated and written in an engaging style, Snake is an invaluable resource for snake enthusiasts and scholars, as well as for all who love, admire, or fear this fascinating and enduring animal.
A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE
A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR
“[A] curiously edifying book.” —The New York Times Book Review
“With the taut suspense of a spy novel, Voigt paints a vivid world of murder, black market deals, and habitat destruction surrounding a fish that's considered, ironically, to be a good-luck charm.” —Discover
“[An] immensely satisfying story, full of surprises and suspense....Things get weird fast.” —The Wall Street Journal
An intrepid journalist’s quest to find a wild Asian arowana—the world’s most expensive aquarium fish—takes her on a global tour in this “engaging tale of obsession and perseverance…and an enthralling look at the intersection of science, commercialism, and conservationism” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
A young man is murdered for his pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets of New York. With “the taut suspense of a spy novel” (Discover) The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana, or “dragon fish,” is a dramatic example of a modern paradox: the mass-produced endangered species. While hundreds of thousands are bred in captivity, the wild fish as become a near-mythical creature. From the South Bronx to Borneo and beyond, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the arowana to learn its fate in nature.
“A fresh, lively look at an obsessive desire to own a piece of the wild” (Kirkus Reviews), The Dragon Behind the Glass traces our fascination with aquarium fish back to the era of exploration when naturalists stood on the cutting edge of modern science. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals, Voigt unearths a surprising truth behind the arowana’s rise to fame—one that calls into question how we protect the world’s rarest species. “Not since Candace Millard published The River of Doubt has the world of the Amazon, Borneo, Myanmar, and other exotic locations been so colorfully portrayed as it is now in Emily Voigt’s The Dragon Behind the Glass…a must-read” (Library Journal, starred review).
This two-volume, fully referenced resource provides color photographs and range maps for 106 native and nonindigenous species and includes detailed information on- past and present distribution- life history and demography - reproduction and diet- landscape ecology and evolution- - diseases, parasites, and threats from toxic substances- conservation and management
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The book will be of great use to students and instructors of biology related laboratory course.