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From tiny to giant, from drab to remarkably appealing, from risk free to venomous, lizards are stunning items of usual choice. This ebook, lavishly illustrated with colour photos, is the 1st accomplished reference on lizards worldwide. available, scientifically up to date, and written with contagious enthusiasm for the topic, Lizards: home windows to the Evolution of variety covers species evolution, range, ecology, and biology. Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt have studied and photographed participants of virtually all lizard households around the globe, and so they carry to the publication a deep wisdom according to huge firsthand event with the animals of their average habitats. half One explores lizard life, answering such questions as why lizards are energetic once they are, why they behave as they do, how they stay away from predators, why they devour what they devour, and the way they reproduce and socialize. partially the authors take us on a desirable travel of the world's manifold lizard species, starting with iguanians, an evolutionary workforce that incorporates probably the most strange lizards, the genuine chameleons of Africa and Madagascar. We additionally meet the glass lizard, in a position to holiday its tail into many hugely motile items to distract a predator from its physique; lizards which could run throughout water; and limbless lizards, similar to snakes. half 3 provides an remarkable international view of evolutionary tendencies that experience formed present-day lizard groups and considers the influence of people on their future.A definitive source containing many wonderful anecdotes, this amazing e-book opens a brand new window to the flora and fauna and the evolution of existence on the earth.
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