A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt
Reptiles and amphibians are among Egypt's most successful wildlife, found in almost every habitat in the country, from homes to fields and the desert itself. For the first time, A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date information on all of Egypt's principal species, with detailed material on their taxonomy, identification, natural history, and ecology. Based on fifteen years of fieldwork, this guide is a valuable tool for experts and amateurs alike in the identification, study, and conservation of these fascinating animals. With an easy-to-use key, high-quality maps, and over 100 color illustrations, this field guide covers 110 species--including tortoises and turtles, lizards, snakes, and crocodiles--found in Egypt. Each entry contains concise information about the species, including English, Latin, and Arabic names; world and Egypt distribution; distinguishing features; habitat and ecology; behavior; and conservation status. Included too are line drawings to illustrate key identification features and differences between species. With a comprehensive bibliography for further research, the guide supplies the accuracy and scientific rigor that scientists look for, while providing an accessible approach for generalists and amateurs. For biologists, nature lovers, and anyone interested in Egypt's rich natural heritage, A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt is an ideal reference tool.
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The Egyptian Setting
Evolution of Egypts Landscape and Its Herpetofauna
The Contemporary Egyptian Herpetofauna
Herpetofaunal Habitats of Egypt
Order CROCODYLIA Crocodiles
Order TESTUDINES Turtles and Tortoises
Suborder SERPENTES Snakes
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Acanthodactylus Africa Agama Anderson animals Arabia areas Baha bands BMNH Boulenger Bufo Cerastes chamaeleon Classified as Least color Concern by IUCN conservation needs dark Delta Diagnosis digits Distribution in Egypt dorsal pattern Dorsal scales dorsal side Dorsum dunes Eastern Elba fairly Flower FMNH Gasperetti Gebel Elba Gecko genus gray guttulata Habitat and ecology hasselquistii head Hemidactylus herpetofauna Holotype IUCN Lake Nasser Largest Egyptian specimen Least Concern Libya limbs lizard loreal males Mediterranean coastal medium-sized Mesalina Monotypic nasal Nile Valley nominate subspecies North Sinai northern nostril oases Oasis populations Psammophis Ptyodactylus Qattara Depression range recorded Red Sea region rostral rows around mid-body sandy scale rows Schätti scutes snout Status and conservation Stenodactylus stripes subcaudals Subspecies in Egypt Sudan supralabials tail Tarentola taxon Taxonomy total length transverse Tropiocolotes tubercles Type locality usually vegetation Venter ventral sides Wadi Wadi El Natrun Werner Western Desert widespread