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Bibliography on the Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles
 

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Contents: AMPHIBIANS, CHILDREN'S BOOKS, FIELD GUIDES, GENERAL HERPETOLOGY, GOOD READING!, MAGAZINES FOR CHILDREN, PERIODICALS, REPTILES, SOCIETIES, WEB SITES

Over the past two decades, amphibians and reptiles have become increasing popular as pets, creating a multimillion dollar industry in equipment, supplies, and publications. This popularity has both positive and negative aspects. Awareness and interest in these animals has increased the public’s attention to the need for their survival and conservation, locally and internationally. Popularity has stimulated the study of amphibians and reptiles in the wild and in captivity and has produced a wealth of information and a steady flow of herpetological publications. The unfortunate byproduct of popularity is that many books and articles are published that simply capitalize on the public curiosity and are inaccurate and/or shallow in content. The following list represents the better and more informative of the books (general, but not necessarily nontechnical) which are available and can be obtained from local public or university libraries and bookstores. The publications listed are not available from the Smithsonian library, education department, or research departments.  A guide to recommended web sites follows the book-list sections.

 

FIELD GUIDES
North American Herpetofauna

Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins
1998 A FIELD GUIDE TO REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS: EASTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH AMERICA. 3rd edition expanded. Houghton-Mifflin, Boston. 616 pp.
 
Cooke, Francis R.
1984 INTRODUCTION TO CANADIAN AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES. National Museum of Natural Sciences, National Museums of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. 200 pp.
 
Smith, Hobart M.
1978 AMPHIBIANS OF NORTH AMERICA: A Guide to Field Identification.  Golden Press, New York.  160 pp.
 
Smith, Hobart M. and Edmund D. Brodie
1982 REPTILES OF NORTH AMERICA: A Guide to Field Identification. Golden Press, New York. 240 pp.
 
Stebbins, Robert C.
2003 FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS. 3rd edition. Houghton-Mifflin, Boston. 544 pp. 

Numerous regional guides are also available. We list only a few examples.  State guides are usually scientifically accurate and are recommended if you wish details on your amphibians and reptiles.

Degenhardt, William G., Charles W. Painter, and Andrew H. Price
1996 AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF NEW MEXICO. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. 431 pp.

Harding, James H.
          1997 AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF THE GREAT
          LAKES REGION. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 378 pp.

Hulse, Arthur , C. J. McCoy, and Ellen Censky
          2001 AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF PENNSYLVANIA
          AND THE NORTHEAST. Comstock Publishing Association,
          Cornell University Press. 419 pp.

Mitchell, Joseph D.
1994 THE REPTILES OF VIRGINIA. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 384 pp.
 
Russell, Anthony P., and Aaron M. Bauer
2000 THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF ALBERTA. 2nd edition.  University of Calgary Press, Canada. 279 pp.

 

GENERAL HERPETOLOGY
Amphibians & Reptiles

Cogger, Harold, G., and Richard G. Zweifel (Editors)
1998 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS. 2nd edition, Academic Press, San Diego 240 pp.
 
Halliday, Tim R., and Kraig Adler (Editors)
2002 THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS.  Oxford University Press, Oxford. 240 pp.
 
Pough, F. Harvey, et al
2004  HERPETOLOGY. 3rd edition.  Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 726 pp.

Semlitsch, Raymond D. (Editor)
          2003 AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION. Smithsonian
          Books, Washington and London. 324 pp. (Technical)

Zug, George R., Laurie J. Vitt, and Janalee P. Caldwell
          2001 HERPETOLOGY. An Introductory Biology of Amphibians
          and Reptiles.2nd edition. Academic Press, San Diego. 630 pp.

 

Amphibians - Only

Duellman, William E., and Linda Trueb
1986 BIOLOGY OF AMPHIBIANS. McGraw-Hill, New York. 670 pp. Paperback reprint by Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1994, with new preface.

Heatwole, Harold, and George T. Barthalmus (Editors)
            1994 - 2004  AMPHIBIAN BIOLOGY.  5 Volumes: v. 1, The
            Integument/co-editor, G.T. Barthalmus; v. 2, Social Behaviour/
            co-editor, B.K. Sullivan; v. 3, Sensory Perception/ co-editor,
             E.M. Dawley; v. 4, Paleontology; v. 5, Osteology, Surrey Beatty, .
            Australia
 

Stebbins, Robart C., and Nathan W. Cohen
1995 A NATURAL HISTORY OF AMPHIBIANS. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 316 pp.

 

Reptiles - Only

Gans Carl, et al. (Editors)
l969-1998 BIOLOGY OF THE REPTILIA. Various publishers. A continuing series; Vols. l-19.  Vol. 20 due in 2006 by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.
 
Heatwole, Harold
l989 REPTILE ECOLOGY.  University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia. l78 pp. 
 
Minton, Sherman A. and Madge Rutherford Minton
l973 GIANT REPTILES.  C. Scribner's Sons, New York.  345 pp. 

 

AMPHIBIANS
Salamanders

Bishop, Sherman C.
l943 HANDBOOK OF SALAMANDERS. Comstock Publishing, New York. 555 pp. Paperback reprint, 1994, with new introduction. [CLASSIC: information out-of-date]
 
Griffiths, Ricard A.
1996 NEWTS AND SALAMANDERS OF EUROPE. Academic Press, London. 188 pp.
 
Petranka, James W.
1998 SALAMANDERS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington. 587 pp.
 

Frogs

Lewis, Stephanie
1989 CANE TOADS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY. Doubleday, New York. 98 pp.
 
 

McDiarmid, Roy W.. and Ronald Altig (Editors)
          1999 TADPOLES. THE BIOLOGY OF ANURAN
          LARVAE. University of Chicago Press, 444 pp.

Ryan, Michael J.
1985 THE TUNGARA FROG: A Study in Sexual Selection and Communication.  University of Chicago Press. 230 pp.
 
Tyler, Michael J.
1998 AUSTRALIAN FROGS. A Natural History. Paperback update of 1989 edition.Cornell University Press. Ithaca, London. 192 pp.

 

REPTILES
Crocodiles

Ross, Charles A. (Editor)
1989 CROCODILES AND ALLIGATORS.  Facts on File, New York and Oxford.  240 pp.
 
Webb, Grahme, J.W., S. Charlie Manolis, and Peter J. Whitehead
1987 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT: CROCODILES AND ALLIGATORS. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Australia.  552 pp.

 

Squamates- Lizards and Snakes

Auffenberg, Walter
1981 THE BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY OF THE KOMODO MONITOR. Univ. Presses of Florida, Gainesville. 406 pp.
 
1988 GRAY'S MONITOR LIZARD. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. 419 pp.
 
1994 THE BENGAL MONITOR. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. 560 pp.
 
Burghardt, Gordon M. and A. Stanley Rand (Editors)
1982 IGUANAS OF THE WORLD. Their Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Noyes, Park Ridge, New Jersey. 474 pp.

Campbell, Jonathan H. and William W. Lamar with contributions by
            Edmond O. Brodie et al. 
           2004 THE VENOMOUS REPTILES OF THE WESTERN
           HEMISPHERE.  Two Volumes.  Comstock Publishing Associates,
           Ithaca, New York.  870 pp.     

Campbell, Jonathan A. and Edmund D. Brodie (Editors)
1992 BIOLOGY OF PIT-VIPERS. Selva, PO Box 5213, Tyler, Texas. 467 pp.

Ernst, Carl H. and Evelyn M. Ernst
          2003 SNAKES OF THE UNITED STATES AND
          CANADA. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington . 668 pp.

Ferguson, Gary W., et al 
          2004 THE PANTHER CHAMELEON FUCIFER
          PARDALIS. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 118 pp.

Greene, Harry W.
1997 SNAKES. THE EVOLUTION OF MYSTERY IN NATURE. University of California Press, Berkeley. 351 pp.
 
Greer, Allen, E.
1989 THE BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF AUSTRALIAN LIZARDS. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Australia. 264 pp.
         
          1997 THE BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF
          AUSTRALIAN SNAKES. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Australia. 357 pp.
 
Heatwole, Harold
1999 SEA SNAKES. 2nd edition. New South Wales University Press, Australia. 148 pp.
 
Klauber, Lawrence M.
l972 RATTLESNAKES, THEIR HABITS, LIFE HISTORIES, AND INFLUENCE ON MANKIND.  2nd edition. University of California, 2 vols. 1984 reprint. 350 pp. [CLASSIC: information out-of-date]

Murphy, James D. et al
          2002 KOMODO DRAGONS. BIOLOGY AND
          CONSERVATION. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington
          and  London. 268 pp.

O’Shea, Mark
          2005 VENOMOUS SNAKES OF THE WORLD.
          Princeton University Press, New Jersey. 160 pp.

Parker, Hampton W. and Alice G.C. Grandison
l977 SNAKES. A NATURAL HISTORY.  2nd edition revised and enlarged. Cornell University Press, New York. l08 pp.

Pianka, Eric R., and Laurie J. Vitt
          2003 LIZARDS. WINDOWS TO THE EVOLUTION
          OF DIVERSITY. Foreward by Harry Greene. University of
          California Press, Berkeley. 333 pp.

Pianka, Eric R., Dennis King, and Ruth A. King.
          2004 VARANOID LIZARDS OF THE WORLD. Indiana
          University Press, Bloomington. 588 pp.

Seigel, Richard A., and Joseph T. Collins (Editors)
1993 SNAKES. ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR. McGraw-Hill, New York. 414 pp.
 
Seigel, Richard A., Joseph T. Collins, and Susan S. Novak (Editors)
1987 SNAKES--ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY. Blackburn Press, Caldwell, New Jersey.  529 pp.

Sherbrooke, Wade C.
          2003 INTRODUCTION TO HORNED LIZARDS OF
          NORTH AMERICA. California Natural Hisory Guides.
          University California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles. 178 pp.
          (Good introduction to lizards.)

Shine, Richard
1991 AUSTRALIAN SNAKES: A NATURAL HISTORY. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. 223 pp.
 
Smith, Hobart M.
l946 HANDBOOK OF LIZARDS. Lizards of the United States and Canada.  Paperback reprint 1995.  Comstock, New York. 557 pp. [Classic: information out-of-date]

Stafford, Peter
          2000 SNAKES. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC
          in Association with the Natural History Museum, London.
          112 pp. (General, broad treatment)

Storr, G.M., L.A. Smith and R.E. Johnstone
          2002 SNAKES OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Revised
          Edition. Western Australian Museum, Perth. 309 pp.

Vitt, Laurie J. and Eric R. Pianka (Editors)
1994 LIZARD ECOLOGY. Historical and Experimental Perspectives. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 403 pp.

Zug, George R. and Carl H. Ernst
          2004 SNAKES: SMITHSONIAN ANSWER BOOK.
          2nd edition. Smithsonian Books, Washington. DC 177 pp.

Turtles

Dodd, C .Kenneth, Jr.
          2001 NORTH AMERICAN BOX TURTLE.
          Natural History. University of Oklahoma, Norman. 231 pp.

Ernst, Carl H., and Roger W. Barbour
1989 TURTLES OF THE WORLD.  Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.  313 pp.
 
Ernst, Carl H., Jeffrey E. Lovich, and Roger W. Barbour
l994 TURTLES OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.  Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 682 pp. 

Ferri, Vincenzo
          2002 TURTLES & TORTOISES. A Firefly Guide.
          Firefly Books, Buffalo, New York. 255 pp.

Gibbons, J. Whitfield
1990 LIFE HISTORY AND ECOLOGY OF THE SLIDER TURTLE. Smithsonian Insitution Press, Washington, DC.  368 pp.

Klemens, Michael W. (editor)
          2000 TURTLE CONSERVATION.
          Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington. 334 pp.

Lutz, Peter, and John A. Musick (Editors)
1997 - 2003 THE BIOLOGY OF SEA TURTLES. 2 vols. CRC Press, Boca Raton and New York. 441 pp.
 
Mrosovsky, Nicholas
1983 CONSERVING SEA TURTLES. British Herpetological Society, London.  176 pp.

Orenstein, Ronald. 
          2001 TURTLES, TORTOISES & TERRAPINS.
          Survivors in Armor. Firefly Books, New York. 308 pp.

Spotila, James R.
          2004 SEA TURTLES. A Complete Guide to Their Biology,
          Behavior and Conservation. Johns Hopkins University Press,.
          Baltimore.  227 pp.    

 

CHILDREN'S BOOKS
[12 & under]

There are many, many children's books on amphibians and reptiles. They are difficult to recommend owing to a short shelf life and often they are more oriented to flash than substance. Nonetheless, we offer a sampling of those that provide accurate information and ones that might be obtained from your public or school libraries or perhaps found in local book shops.

Grade Levels:
K= preschool and 1st grade
LL= grades 2-5
UL= grades 4-8 +

Alderton, David
        2003 TURTLES AND TORTOISES OF THE WORLD.
        Facts on File. 192 pp.
        2004 CROCODILES & ALLIGATORS OF THE WORLD.
        Facts on File, New York. 190 pp.  UL

Arnosky, Jim
        2004 ALL ABOUT LIZARDS. Scholastic Inc., New York.  UL

Bargar, Sherie and Linda Johnson
1986 COBRAS. The Snake Discovery Library.  Watermill Press, Mahwak, New Jersey.  24 pp.  K
 
1986 BOA CONSTRICTORS.  Watermill Press, Mahwak, New Jersey. 24 pp. K
 
Baskin-Salzberg, Anita and Allen Salzberg
1996 TURTLES. A First Book. Franklin Watts, New York, Danbury, Connecticut 63 pp. UL

Berger, Melvin and Gilda
          2002 TURTLES. Scholastic, New York. 16 pp.  UL

Blassingame, Wyatt
l973 WONDERS OF ALLIGATORS AND CROCODILES.  Dodd Mead &Co., New York.  80 pp. LL
 
l975 WONDERS OF FROGS AND TOADS.  Dodd Mead & Co., New York.  80 pp. LL
 
l976 WONDERS OF THE TURTLE WORLD.  Dodd Mead & Co., New York.  79 pp.  LL
 
Clarke, Barry
1997 AMPHIBIAN. Eyewitness Books. Alfred A. Knopf Books, New York. 64 pp. UL
 
Collard, Sneed B. III
1997 SEA SNAKES. Boyds Mill Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
32 pp. LL
 
Dallinger, Jane and Sylvia A. Johnson
1982 FROGS & TOADS.  Lerner Publications, Minneapolis. 48 pp. LL.

Dennard, Deborah
           2002 BULLFROG AT MAGNOLIA CIRCLE.
           (Smithsonian’ s Backyard), Soundprints. 31 pp. UL
           2003 ALLIGATORS AND CROCODILES.
           Our Wild World Series. Northward Press, Minnesota. 45 pp.  LL

Fichter, George S.
l982 REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS OF NORTH AMERICA. Audubon Society Beginner Guide.  Random House, New York. 96 pp. UL
 
Gross, Ruth B.
l990 SNAKES. 2nd edition. Four Winds Press, MacMillan, New York. 64 pp. LL
 
Howell, Catherine H.
1993 REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS. National Geographic Nature Library. National Geographic Society, Washington, DC 60 pp. UL

Jaffe, Mark
          1994 AND NO BIRDS SING: The story of an ecological disaster in
           a tropical paradise. Simon & Schuster, New York. 283 pp.
           ( Brown tree snake) UL

Johnson, Sylvia A.
1986 SNAKES.  Lerner Pub. Co., Minneapolis. 48 pp. LL
 
Johnston, Ginny and Judy Cutchins
1988 SCALY BABIES. REPTILES GROWING UP.  Morrow Junior Books, New York.  48 pp. LL
 
1991 SLIPPERY BABIES. YOUNG FROGS, TOADS & SALAMANDERS. Morrow Jr. Books , New York. LL

Kirshner, David S.
          1996 REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS. My first Pocket Guide. 
           National Geographic Society, Washington, DC 80 pp.  UL

Korman, Susan
            2001 BOX TURTLE AT SILVER POND LAND. (Smithsonian’s
            Backyard) Soundprints. UL

Lauber, Patricia
1989 SNAKES ARE HUNTERS.  Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.
32 pp. K, LL
1993 ALLIGATORS: A SUCCESS STORY. H. Holt, New York.
 64 pp.   LL
 
McCarthy, Colin
1987 POISONOUS SNAKES.  Gloucester Press, New York, London.  32 pp. LL
 
1991 REPTILE . Eyewitness Books. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 64 pp. LL, UL
 
McClung, Robert
l958 BUZZTAIL: THE STORY OF A RATTLESNAKE.  Morrow, New York.  64 pp.
 
1991 SNAKES: THEIR PLACE IN THE SUN. H. Holt & Co., New York. 64 pp. LL, UL
 
National Wildlife Federation
1997 LET'S HEAR IT FOR HERPS! Ranger Rick's Naturescope Teacher Resources. An activity book for elementary school. McGraw-Hill, New York. 96 pp. Use your search engine asking for:  Let's Hear it for Herps.        All grades

O’Hare, Ted
          2005 COBRAS: AMAZING SNAKES. Rourke Publishing, Vero
          Beach, Florida. 24 pp.  LL, UL

O'Neil, Amanda
1996 I WONDER WHY SNAKES SHED THEIR SKIN AND OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT REPTILES. Kingfisher, New York. 32 pp. LL, UL

O’Shea, Mark
            2003 LIZARDS. Lorenz Books. Paperback, 2005: Nature Fact File,
            LIZARDS, Southwater, 64 pp. UL

O’Shea, Mark & Tim Halliday
            2002 REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS. SMITHSONIAN
            HANDBOOKS. Dorling and Kindersley. New York. 256 pp. UL

Pascoe, Elaine
1997 TADPOLES. Nature Close-Up. Blackbirch Press, Inc. Connecticut. 48 pp. LL, UL
 
Patent, Dorothy H.
l977 REPTILES AND HOW THEY REPRODUCE.  Holiday House, New York. l27 pp. UL
 
Pfeffer, Wendy
1994 FROM TADPOLE TO FROG. Let=s Read and Find Out Science. HarperCollins Publishers. 32 pp. UL

Pledger, Maurice
          2005 REPTILES. (A touch and feel adventure) Silver Dolphin book,
          San Diego, CA.  K

Porter, George
l967 THE WORLD OF THE FROG AND THE TOAD.  Lippincott, Philadelphia.  l52 pp UL
 
Quirk, Thomas C, Jr.
1981 REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS COLORING BOOK. Dover Publications, New York. 46 pp.
 
Ricciuti, Edward R.
l972 THE AMERICAN ALLIGATOR: ITS LIFE IN THE WILD. Harper and Row, New York.  67 pp. UL
 
Simon, Hilda
l973 SNAKES: THE FACTS AND THE FOLKLORE.  Viking Press, New York.  l28 pp. UL
 
l975 FROGS AND TOADS OF THE WORLD.  Lippincott Co., Philadelphia and New York.  l28 pp. UL
 
l979 EASY IDENTIFICATION GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN SNAKES. Dodd Mead & Co. l28 pp. UL+
 
Sovak, Jan
1995 SNAKES OF THE WORLD COLORING BOOK. Dover Publications, New York. 46 pp.
 
Stidworthy, John
1989 REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS.  Facts on File, New York. 96 pp.  UL+

Whittley, Sarah
           2002 SNAKES. A Golden Guide from St. Martins Press, New York.
           160 pp.  UL

Zim, Herbert
1978 ALLIGATORS AND CROCODILES. Revised edition. W.Morrow, New York. 63 pp. LL

 

MAGAZINES FOR CHILDREN

WORLD MAGAZINE National Geographic Society
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 1145 17 th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-4688

 

RANGER RICK National Wildlife Federation
NATIONAL WILDLIFE  11100 Wildlife Center Drive
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE  Reston, VA   20190

 

GOOD READING!
[older juveniles & adults]

The following books are just plain good reading and still provide the reader with lots of information on their selected amphibian or reptile groups, and even some information on how biologists think and work.

Carr, Archie
l984 SO EXCELLENT A FISHE. Revised 2nd edition. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 280 pp. Paperback edition, 1986, University of Texas Press.

Carroll, David M.
          1996 THE YEAR OF THE TURTLE. A Natural History.
          St. Marin's  Griffin, New York. 172 pp.

Davidson, Osha Gray
            2003 FIRE IN THE TURTLE HOUSE. The Green Sea Turtle and the
            Fate of the Ocean.  Public Affairs, New York.   258 pp.

Gibbons, J. Whitfield
1983 THEIR BLOOD RUNS COLD: ADVENTURES WITH REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS. University of Alabama Press, University, Alabama.  158 pp.

Jaffe, Mark 1994  AND NO BIRDS SING:  The story of ecological disaster
           in a tropical paradise.  Simon & Schuster, New York.  283 pp.
           (Brown tree snake)

Phillips, Kathryn
1995 TRACKING THE VANISHING FROGS. Paperback. Penguin Books, New York. 244 pp.
 
Rudloe, Jack
l979 TIME OF THE TURTLE.  Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 273 pp. Paperback edition , 1989, E.P. Dutton.
 
Twitty, Victor C.
l966 OF SCIENTISTS AND SALAMANDERS. W.H. Freeman, San Francisco. l78 pp.

 

WEB SITES

There are an abundance of web sites catering to herpetological interest. Our list is a small selection. We have attempted to select those that have a reputation for accurate information or those that provide links to other herpetological topic sites. Our concern is for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Although some of the following links offer information on herpetoculture (amphibians and reptiles), our staff discourages the keeping of amphibians and reptiles as pets. We believe that commerce in amphibians and reptiles has and continues to decimate the populations of many herp species. Further, the shipping and maintenance of these animals in the pet trade regularly shows little concern for their health and welfare.

Amphibians
FROGLOG http://www.open.ac.uk/daptf/froglog/
Amphibs & Reps http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/
environmental contaminants search for "herptox" on Google search engine
froggy http://www.frogsonice.com/froggy/
Amphibiaweb http://www.amphibiaweb.org
Herpetology in Myanmar http://www.calacademy.org/research/herpetology/myanmar/index.html
Seaturtles
Caribbean Conservation Corps http://www.cccturtle.org/
Endangered species
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/

 

HerpNET http://www.herpnet.org
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists http://www.asih.org
Careers http://www.ssarherps.org/pages/career.php
E-zine Podarcis Electronic magazine focusing on amphibian and reptile care as well as general observation on European and circa Mediterranean field observations: http://www.podarcis.nl/
HerpDigest Electronic magazine dealing specifically with conservation and science of amphibians and reptiles: http://www.herpdigest.org
HerpHotLinks http://www.xmission.com/~gastown/herpmed/
Reptiles http//www.biologybrowser.org/bb/organism/Chordata/Vertebrata/Herpetology/index6.shtml
Center for North American Herpetology http:www.naherpetology.org/
Contemporary Herpetology Electronic journal; techinical
http://www.cnah.org/CH/

 

PERIODICALS

Most herpetological societies provide their members with some sort of publication, ranging from monthly newsletters to highly technical journals. The following list emphasizes the technical periodicals written in English.

RESEARCH REPORTS

AMPHIBIA-REPTILIA. Official publication of SER (Societas Europaea Herpetologica). A technical journal, published quarterly, with original papers on all aspects of herpetology, short articles on new methods and ideas, and a section on book reviews.  Subscription orders sent to: E.J. Brill, Postbus 9000, 2300 PA Leiden, The Netherlands.

CATALOGUE OF AMERICAN AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES.  l963-Present. Technical.   SSAR (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles). Accounts for more than 400 species now available. 

CONTEMPORARY HERPETOLOGY. An electronic scientific journal. Web site is http://dataserver.calacademy.org/herpetology/herpdocs/index.html

COPEIA. Official publication of the ASIH(American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists). Quarterly journal with research reports, book reviews, conference notes and awards.

HERPETOLOGICA. Quarterly journal by Herpetologists’ League. HERPETOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS. Single volume issued annually by League. Devoted to research reports on the ecology, systematics, and biology of amphibians and reptiles.

JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY.  Primary technical publication issued quarterly by SSAR (Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles ). HERPETOLOGICAL REVIEW.   A quarterly news-journal published by SSAR (address above) containing notes on research, geographic distribution, husbandry, new publications, and news on individuals and institutions

HERP NEWS: Captive Care, Regional

BULLETIN OF THE CHICAGO HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Monthly publication. Subscription information available from Chicago Herpetological Society, Membership secretary, 2060 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614.

LACERTA.  Bimonthly popular journal for terrarium/vivarium keepers and specializing in the problems of keeping and breeding amphibians and reptiles in captivity.   Most articles are in Dutch.  Issued by "Nederlanse Vereniging voor Herpetologie en Terrariumkund" (Dutch Society for Herpetology).

LITTERATURA SERPENTIUM. A bimonthly publication of the Dutch Snake Society, specializing in keeping and breeding snakes in captivity. Dutch and English editions. All correspondence concerning membership or subscription should be sent to the Treasurer, Guido Gomes, Pauwenveld 18, NL-2722 DE Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. As of May 1, Wes Hand 29, 2751 El Moerkapelle, the Netherlands.

REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN MAGAZINE. A bimonthly publication suitable for the amateur herpetologist and pet owner. Each issue features at least one article on a North American reptile or amphibian. Available from REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN MAGAZINE, 1168 Route 61 Hwy. S., Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901.

 

SOCIETIES

SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES. (SSAR) Subscription information from Publications Secretary, Breck Bartholomew, P.O. Box 58517, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ICHTHYOLOGISTS AND HERPETOLOGISTS (ASIH).  Subscription information from : Subscription information from: ASIH Business Office, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, Kansas 66044-8897. e-mail: asih@allenpress.com

HERPETOLOGISTS’ LEAGUE: Subscription and membership information from : Secretary, Mac F. Given, Department of Biology, Neumann College, One Neumann Drive, Aston, Pennsylvania 19104-1298.

DUTCH SOCIETY FOR HERPETOLOGY: Send subscription requests to Penningmeester P.van Beest, Jutphasestraatweg 1, 3434 BM Nieuwegein. The Netherlands.

SOCIETAS EUROPAEA HERPETOLOGICA (SEH): Membership details can be obtained from the General Secretary: Marco A.L. Zuff, Pisa. E-mail: marcoz@unipi.it

There are numerous local amateur herpetological societies throughout the United States.   Many of these appear and disappear within a short period of time so lists of these groups are rapidly out of date. However, a listing appears irregularly in the newsletter of Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists, Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

Prepared by the Department of
Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum
of Natural History in cooperation
with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution

January 2006

 


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