|About the Book|
The most thorough treatment of lizards of the United States and Canada, Handbook of Lizards has become a landmark among herpetologists and lizard specialists. Hobart M. Smith spent years compiling and oganizing information on 136 species of lizards for this classic study. With more than 300 illustrations, including photographs, labeled drawings, range maps, and illustrated keys, this volume serves as a convenient ference guide to the study of North American lizards. Darrel Frost, a prominent lizard specialist, provides a foreword that underscores the works relevance for herpetology today.In the first section, Smith covers in concise fashion the habits, life history, habitats, methods of collection and preservation, and structural features of lizards. The second section of the book considers each species under topics that are conveniently arranged for studying both living lizards and laboratory specimens: range, type, locality, size, color, scalation, recognition characters, habitat and habits, and references. Smith also discusses problems for further study and gives recommendations for special investigations of each species. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography.Hobart M. Smith is Professor of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, Emeritus, at the University of Colorado.