Authoritative text crystal-clear photography and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley "Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians" the most comprehensive and easy-to-use pocket guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the world. Packed with over 600 full-color photographs of more than 400 varieties it is designed to cut through the complicated identification process and enable you to recognize a species instantly. Identification Made Easy Each entry combines a precise description with fully annotated photographs to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each species. A comprehensive introduction - describes the anatomy life cycle and behavior of the major groups of reptiles and amphibians while the initial stages of identification are made straightforward by a clear visual key. In-Depth Information - Each entry in the Dorling Kindersley "Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians" is accompanied by a map showing the geographical distribution of the species while the text and color-coded bands give the internationally scientific name and provide at-a-glance information on size diet habitat reproduction and population status. A concise glossary explains all technical and scientific terms used.