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Mark O'Shea - Lizards ​of the World
Lizards ​are one of nature’s great success stories: survivors from the time of the dinosaurs, they have taken advantage of almost every habitat on earth, from tropical rainforest to Arctic tundra and even our homes. From chameleons and skinks to geckos and iguanas, there are close to 7,000 species of lizards around the world. This expert guide explores their extraordinary diversity and adaptations. Lizards of the World features an in-depth introduction covering the evolution, anatomy, and lifestyle of lizards, followed by profiles of species from every family, accompanied by stunning color photographs. This invaluable guide highlights the enormous range of habitats, appearance, and activity among lizards. Many thrive in extreme conditions, and have adapted to keep cool, warm, or hydrated. Some can protect themselves by changing color to blend in with their surroundings, while others have fringed toes enabling them to run across sand, or can parachute out of a predator’s reach. Covering diet and reproduction as well as defense strategies and conservation, Lizards of the World showcases the unique natural history and beauty of these remarkable creatures. More than 200 detailed photographic images 80+ lizard families and subfamilies Exploration of lizard biology, behavior, habits, and distribution Broad coverage and in-depth treatment by a world-renowned herpetologist

Mark O'Shea - Barbara Taylor - Illustrated ​Wildlife Encyclopedia: Reptiles
Fascinating ​facts are revealed about all of the animals. A variety of species are explored and illustrated in detail, and special features focus on alligators, vipers, the Komodo dragon and snapping turtles.

Mark O'Shea - A ​világ mérges kígyói
A ​rettegve tisztelt és kellően meg mem értett mérges kígyók köré már az ókori emberek legendákat szőttek, és még ma is ők a legrémísztőbb álmok és rémfilmek lidércei. Ez az összefoglaló könyv és szerzője a szó átvitt és valódi értelmében egyaránt közel kívánja hozni hozzánk a rettegett hüllőket. Mark O'Shea herpetológus elénk varázsolja a gödörkés arcú bambuszviperákat és a nyíltvízi tengeri kígyókat, az áspisviperákat és a fekete mambákat, hogy megismerjük a sivatagok és a dzsungelek, a mély tengerek és a magas hegyvidékek, sőt a (szerencsére nem az európai) házak körüli kertekben élő mérges kígyókat. Lenyűgöző színpompával tárul elénk a mérges kígyók világa - miközben megismerkedünk a testnedveket, az idegrendszert, az izomszöveteket és a belső szerveket megtámadó, sokszor végzetes hatékonyságú mérgeikkel is. A könyv a mérges kígyók testfelépítésének, sokféleségének, elterjedésének leírásával és mérgeik ismertetésével kezdődik, utána az óceánok mélyén élő kígyók alkalmazkodóképességével és a kígyók védelmével foglalkozik, majd a különböző földrészeken és tájakon - az amerikai kontinensen, Afrikában, Eurázsiában, a trópusi Ázsiában, Ausztrálázsiában és az óceánokban - élő egyes fajokat ismerteti és mutatja be pompás és ritka fényképek egyidejű közlésével. A mérges kígyók rendkívüli világáról olvasni legalább annyira érdekes, mint amennyire érdemes elkerülni a velük való találkozást. Mark O'Shea e témakörben megszerzett hatalmas enciklopédikus tudása és elkötelezettsége a könyv minden oldalát áthatja, így az enciklopédia egyszerűen hézagpótló a kígyókkal foglalkozó szakemberek és állatbarátok számára, ugyanakkor magas fokon kielégíti a nagyobb komfortigényű hüllőkedvelők horror iránti igényét is.

Mark O'Shea - Venomous ​Snakes of the World
Feared, ​revered, and often misunderstood, venomous snakes have been a source of legend and nightmare since time immemorial. In this comprehensive volume, author Mark O'Shea has combined expertly written, in-depth descriptions of the world's common and exotic venomous snakes, highlighted by previously unpublished gripping accounts of his adventures with snakes, including personal observations and several serious snakebite episodes. The book begins with a description of the anatomies of venomous snakes, along with their diversity and distribution. Also included is a unique in-depth look at the various types of snake venom and the ways that each type attacks the body. A section on anti-venom, including thoughts on the looming anti-venom crisis, is also presented. Information on the adaptations of ocean-dwelling snakes and issues of snake conservation as well as an examination of venomous lizards follow. From bamboo pitvipers to deep-diving seasnakes, and from adders and asps to terciopelos and the massasaugas, this book takes an original approach to examining these enthralling creatures. Rather than the typical taxonomic categorization, the snakes are grouped by geographic location: the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, Tropical Asia, Australasia, and the Oceans. Each section is illustrated with stunning and rare pictures, many of which were taken by the author himself. Suitable for professional snake handlers and armchair herpetologists alike, this extremely accessible book is an enthusiastic celebration of the diversity and beauty of venomous snakes worldwide. • Explores the secret world of venomous snakes, revealing their habitats, characteristics, and hunting and feeding behaviors • Contains thrilling details of O'Shea's own encounters with snakes • Provides detailed information on venomous snake diversity, venom types, and conservation • Includes a world map illustrating venomous snake distribution and detailed accounts of more than 170 species • Features over 150 full-color photographs, many of them of extremely rare species

Mark O'Shea - A ​Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea
First ​comprehensive guide to the 94 species of snake, both terrestrial and aquatic, which are known to occur on Papua New Guinea. Each species account provides information on identification, distribution, natural history and snakebite risk, accompanied by colour photographs (where available), line drawings, and distribution maps (in a separate appendix). Also included is a section on the management and treatment of snakebite. |Papua New Guinea has one of the highest mortality rates from snakebite of any country. This guide is intended to make identification of venomous species easier, and therefore promote the conservation, not destruction, of snakes in general.

Mark O'Shea - Tim Halliday - Reptiles ​and Amphibians
From ​the Tomato Frog to the Cornsnake, discover over 400 species of reptiles and amphibians from around the world. 600 incredible photos, annotations and detailed descriptions highlighting chief characteristics and distinguishing marks will help you to identify different species quickly and easily. Covers everything from anatomy and lifecycle to behaviour and includes maps showing you the geographical distribution of each species. Perfect for nature lovers and pocket-sized so you can take it anywhere

Mark O'Shea - Boas ​and Pythons of the World
Few ​reptiles command more respect than the mighty boas and pythons. Prized for their size, relative docility, and spectacular coloration and patterning, they are the most dramatic snakes in the world. But the same snakes that many consider gentle giants--the Green Anaconda can exceed twelve yards in length--are also finely tuned killing machines. InBoas and Pythons of the World, renowned snake expert Mark O'Shea takes readers on an exciting continent-by-continent journey to look at these snakes in their native habitats. Stunning color photographs and intriguing stories from O'Shea's encounters with these snakes in the wild bring these reptiles to life. There is a tremendous variety of boas and pythons. While the largest are measured in yards, the smallest, the Javelin Sand Boa, is no longer than thirty-two inches. And they inhabit a vast range of habitats on five continents, from stony desert to lush tropical forest. In more than one hundred detailed species accounts, Boas and Pythons of the World examines snakes as different as the cryptically patterned Madagascan Ground Boa and Australasia's beautiful Green Tree Python. Although some of these snakes are capable of attacking and killing humans, boas and pythons are much more likely to be man's victims. Across the world, these snakes are retreating in the face of habitat destruction, hunting, and climate change. Addressing the dire risks they face, O'Shea discusses what can be done to help save what are among our most fascinating reptiles. - Snake expert Mark O'Shea's tour of the fascinating world of boas, pythons, and basal snakes--from primitive blindsnakes to the mighty anaconda - Dramatic accounts of O'Shea's personal encounters with these great snakes in their natural habitats--on five continents - Detailed information about the snakes' habitats and behaviors - Over 150 superb color photographs that capture the diverse beauty of more than 100 species, including rarely seen and endangered species - Two world maps showing the distribution of the various families of boas, pythons, and basal snakes

Tim Halliday - Mark O'Shea - Hüllők ​és kétéltűek
Az ​általános biológiai ismeretek mellett a könyvben bemutatott hüllők és kétéltűek otthoni tartására vonatkozó tudnivalókról is olvashatunk. Az egyes fajokat bemutató szakszerű léírások és színes fotók mellett, latin névmutató és kislexikon segíti a fajok pontos meghatározását.

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