Reptiles and Amphibians of the Sonoran Desert: A guide to 41 of the most commonly encountered reptiles and amphibians native to the Sonoran Desert region of the southwestern United States. Some of the area’s more rare and interesting species have been included to underscore the biological importance of this interesting and diverse biome.
The most current taxonomic and common names are used in this guide to assist the enthusiast in keeping abreast with the many changes in this dynamic field. This guide covers the following National Parks, Monuments, Wildlife Refuges, and State Parks; Joshua Tree, Organ Pipe Cactus, Saguaro, Sonoran Desert, Ironwood, Coachella Valley, Cabeza Prieta, Kofa, Anza-Borrego, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, South Mountain, in addition to many wilderness and other protected areas.
Full color photographs accompany descriptions that focus on important characters will help inexperienced and seasoned outdoors people to identify the animal. Species are grouped by similarity to each other which aides in quick comparisons of one animal to another.
Accompanying the photograph is information on distribution, behavior, diet, and size of each species.
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Randy Babb is a biologist and an Arizona native. He is currently employed by Arizona Game and Fish Department.
He has worked on numerous studies and projects in Arizona, New Mexico, southeastern U.S., Mexico, Central America, Vietnam, and southern Africa on small mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians.