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Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico

William Degenhardt
Charles Painter
Andrew Price
Illustrated by Clay Garrett

Amphibians and reptiles thrive in New Mexico's many landscapes and varied environments. In all, the state has 123 species, an assemblage of 3 salamanders, 23 frogs and toads, 10 turtles, 41 lizards, and 46 snakes. In this comprehensive guide, each species is presented in a color photograph and its distribution shown on a map. Technical art supplements, identification keys, and line art complement family descriptions. For each species, the following is provided: type, distribution, description, similar species, systematics, habitat, behavior, reproduction, food habits, and references.
The detailed descriptions add to our knowledge about the region's herpetofauna, which will aid students, herpetologists, and resource managers. The book is also of great benefit to non-specialists, including casual hikers, since the authors write in accessible language that makes for easy identification of species.

"This resource should be in the library of anyone interested in southwestern reptiles and amphibians or the natural history of New Mexico." - The Quarterly Review of Biology

"All students of herpetology should own a copy. This book will be a standard reference for the New Mexico herpetofauna for many years." - Herpetological Review

"Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico will undoubtedly prove an indispensable resource to many herpetologists of the southwest . . . Degenhardt, Painter, and Price have certainly produced what will be the first place to which anyone turns for quality information on the reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico." - Copeia


William Degenhardt is professor emeritus of biology at UNM and curator emeritus at the Museum of Southwestern Biology.

Charles W. Painter is a herpetologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He resides in Albuquerque.

Andrew H. Price is a herpetologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin and a research associate at the Texas Memorial Museum, University of Texas.


" . . . a tremendous value. It is truly a beautiful book, filled with detailed systematic, distribution, and life-history data, and complemented by excellent artwork, maps, and photographs."


Great Plains Research

"Both amateur and professional herpetologists should buy this book. . . . concise, well-written . . . an excellent book. . . . (it) will be the standard reference for the New Mexico herpetofauna for many years."


Herpetological Review

" . . . highly informative, . . . filled with important taxonomic and life history data and is an indispensable work on the herpetofauna of New Mexico, as well as an important addition to anyone having a vested interest in the southwestern United States."


Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society

"If you've been wondering what's hoping or slithering around your back yard or favorite hiking trail, this is the book for you. There are helpful color photos, maps and drawings to aid in identification, along with a glossary, index and bibliography."


Las Cruces Sun-News

"I heartily recommend this masterful compendium to anyone who cherishes the Land of Enchantment."


Bloomsbury Review

"...a top quality guide to the herpetofauna of New Mexico."


Environmental Conservation

8 x 10 in. 456 pages 123 color plates, 23 drawings, 123 maps, 2 charts