Lizards & Snakes Booklist for Educators
Lizards: A Natural History of Some Uncommon Creatures—Extraordinary Chameleons, Iguanas, Geckos, & More
by David P. Badger, photographs by John Netherton
A handsome, accessible guide to more than 25 species, the book presents many interesting facts about lizard biology, including their characteristics, behaviors and natural history. 100 color photos, many full-page.
Voyageur Press, 2003. ISBN 0896585204 (hardcover), 0760325790 (paperback)
Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature
by Harry W. Greene, with photographs by Michael and Patricia Fogden
This definitive and highly personal celebration of snake diversity combines extensive factual information, current evolutionary biology, folklore and anecdote, and beautiful color photographs.
University of California Press, 1997. ISBN: 0520224876
The Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere (2-volume set; Comstock books in herpetology)
by Jonathan A. Campbell, and William W. Lamar
This updated and expanded version of a classic reference work describes all 192 species of venomous snakes and lizards found in the Western Hemisphere. With 1500 color photographs and extensive maps and drawings.
Paradoxal Press, 2004. ISBN: 0801441412
The Atlas of Snakes of the World
by John Coborn
An excellent introduction to the study of snakes, with over 1400 color photos representing hundreds of species. A detailed section on snake husbandry covers all aspects of keeping a snake as a terrarium pet.
TFH Publications, 1991. ISBN: 0866227490
Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity
by Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt
A scholarly but accessible overview of lizards around the world, including their evolution, diversity, ecology, and biology. It’s lavishly illustrated, and full of anecdotes from the authors’ fieldwork.
University of California Press, 2003. ISBN 0520234014
by F.H. Pough et. al.
Aimed at upper-level undergraduates, this collaboration by six scientists from different biological specialties describes the biology and history of amphibians and their important roles in modern ecosystems.
Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN: 0131008498
More About This Resource...
This Lizards & Snakes: Alive! reference list has a half dozen books that are recommended for learning more about squamates. The author, publisher, and publishing date are given for each title. The list includes
- field guides to snake species
- tips for snake husbandry
- college and scholarly texts