Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Britain and Europe


Author: Jeroen Speybroeck,Wouter Beukema,Bobby Bok,Jan Van Der Voort

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472925629

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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The taxonomy and systematics of European reptiles and amphibians have changed a lot in recent years, yet there is no modern, up-to-date field guide available that comprehensively covers all the species. The last illustrated field guide to European reptiles and amphibians was first published 38 years ago, and remains oudated despite occasional reprints and new editions. This major new field guide addresses this deficiency. A total of 219 species are covered in detail, with a focus on identification and geographical variation; species texts also cover distribution, habitat and behaviour. Superb colour illustrations by talented artist Ilian Velikov depict every species and all major variations, and colour photographs are also included for most species. This groundbreaking new guide will become the definitive field reference for these two groups of animals. It includes: - Over 370 colour artworks and 200 colour photographs - 155 accurate and up-to-date distribution maps - Easy-to-use keys and tables to help with swift species identification

A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe


Author: Edwin Nicholas Arnold,John A. Burton

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited


Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 5588

The biology of reptiles and amphibians; Reptiles, amphibians and man; Snake bite and its treatment; Reptiles and amphibians in the British Isles; Salamanders and newts; Salamandridae, typical salamanders and newts; Key to triturus, newts; Plethodontidae, cave salamanders; Proteidae, olm; Frogs and toads; Discoglossidae, fire-bellied toads, painted frogs and midwife toads; Pelobatidae, spadefoots and parsley frog; Bufonidae, typical toads; Hylidae, tree frogs; Ranidae, typical frogs; Tortoises, terrapins and sea turtles; Testudinidae, tortoises; Emydidae, terrapins; Dermochelyidae and cheloniidae, Sea turtles; Lizards and amphisbaenians; Gekkonidae, geckoes; Agamidae, agamas; Chamaeleontidae, chameleons; Lacertidae, lacertids or typical lizards; Key to lacerta part I, green lizards; Keys to lacerta part II, and podarcis, small; Anguidae, slow worm and glass lizard; Scincidae, skinks; Amphisbaenidae, Amphisbaenians (Worm''Lizards'); Snakes; Typhlopidae, worm snakes; Boidae, sand boas; Colubridae, typical snakes (Montpellier snake, whip snakes, rat snakes, water snakes, smooth snakes, false smooth snake and cat snake); Viperidae, vipers; Identification of amphibian eggs; Identification of amphibian larvae; Key to newt and salamander larvae; Key to frog and toad larvae; Internal characters.

The Mountains of Montenegro

A Walker's and Trekker's Guide


Author: Rudolf Abraham

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

ISBN: 1783621974

Category: Travel

Page: 256

View: 8512

This guidebook to Montenegro includes day-walks and multi-day treks throughout the Dinaric Alps, ranging from 1 hour to 5 days, with a selection of circular and linear routes, with variants and extensions. The 17 walks and trekking routes take in Montenegro's five national parks as well as other areas including Orjen, Komovi, Tara Canyon and the UNESCO-listed old town of Kotor. Walks are all graded, from easy outings to challenging treks involving exposure and scrambling. Many of the multi-day routes will require camping or staying in unstaffed mountain shelters. With a range of practical information on maps, language, travel to and around the country, and accommodation, this is a comprehensive and informative guide for walkers who wish to sample one of the finest walking destinations in Europe. These mountains are some of the wildest, most spectacular, and least visited in Europe. Nevertheless they are easily accessible, and many areas have well-marked trails. They present an opportunity to travel through outstandingly beautiful and remarkably unspoilt natural scenery, which sees few visitors.

The Peaks of the Balkans Trail

Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo


Author: Rudolf Abraham

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

ISBN: 1783625554

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 1247

A guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circular route through the wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Launched in 2013 to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, the 192km trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains (the southernmost range of the Dinaric Alps), taking in high passes, sweeping valleys and striking limestone peaks. It can be completed in around two weeks: the walking itself is not difficult though the route passes through some remote areas and demands a moderate level of fitness. Welcoming guesthouses and homestays offer accommodation and delicious local cuisine on route, though camping is also a possibility. The guide presents the trail in 10 daily stages and also includes suggestions for excursions to bag neighbouring peaks and visit local sites of interest. Comprehensive route description is accompanied by mapping and colour photos. You will find everything you need to plan a successful trip: guidance on how to get to the route, advice on when to go, where to start your trek and what to take, and information on cross-border permits. Appendices include accommodation listings, useful contacts and an English-Albanian-Montenegrin glossary. The trail has opened up this little-known corner of Europe to trekkers. Yet, despite increasing visitor numbers, the region remains underdeveloped and unspoilt, with traditional mountain villages that feel like somewhere time forgot nestled in dramatic alpine landscapes. Promising spectacular scenery and genuine hospitality, the Peaks of the Balkans Trail invites you to discover the magic of the magnificent mountains of the Balkans.

Cold Blood

Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians


Author: Richard Kerridge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448155681

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all, as the nearest he could get to the African wildlife he watched on television. There were Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye. The gardens of Richard and his reptile-crazed friends filled up with old bath tubs containing lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts, Grass Snakes and, once, an Adder. Besides capturing them, he wanted to understand them. What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue? Richard has continued to ask these questions during a lifetime of fascinated study. Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature. Through close observation, it shows how even the suburbs can seem wild when we get close to these thrilling, weird and uncanny animals.

Amphibians and reptiles of North-West Europe

their natural history, ecology, and conservation


Author: Ian F. Spellerberg

Publisher: Science Pub Inc


Category: Nature

Page: 203

View: 1932

This book provides a brief description of the ecology and natural history of sixteen amphibians, eight snakes and lizards and the Chelonia species found in the temperate climatic region of Europe (North-west Europe). The book commences with an introduction to the biology of amphibians and reptiles and describes the differences between the main groups. The main ecological adaptations are discussed and there is particular mention that it is erroneous to refer to amphibians and reptiles as cold blooded. There is also the suggestion that the colour of an amphibian or reptile may not necessarily mean anything in terms of the animal's thermal properties. For each species there is a brief account of the following: the etymology or origin of the name of the species, reference to early accounts of the species, taxonomy, protection, general description, distribution and habitat, seasonal movements and behaviour, vagility and population ecology, feeding ecology, thermal ecology, reproduction, growth and development, ge

Greek Islands


Author: Marc Dubin,Natania Jansz,John Fisher

Publisher: Rough Guides Limited

ISBN: 9781858283104

Category: Travel

Page: 476

View: 4105

Provides information for travelers to Crete and other Aegean and Ionian islands



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Greece

Page: N.A

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