This updated and revised comprehensive field guide covers 42 native turtles, lizards and snakes, grouped and color coded for quick identification. All of the species are shown in a quick reference guide. Stunning color photos, range maps and notes on identification, distribution, habitat and behavior offer insight into the fascinating lives of these animals, and field notes relate the author's experiences with each species. Also included is a guide to reptile habitats in the Northwest, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, illustrated keys to the species and a life list for you own notes.
A native of Bend, Oregon, Alan St. John is a freelance interpretive naturalist who uses writing, photography, pen-an-ink drawings and color paintings to teach about the natural world. He is the author of a book on eastern Oregon, and his work has also appeared in several Northwest regional magazines along with national publications such as National Geographic, Ranger Rick, Natural HIstory, Nature Conservatory and the New York Times. In the past, he has also worked as a reptile keeper at Portland's zoological park and conducted extensive reptile and amphibian field surveys for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and for the U.S. Forest Serivce and Bureau of Land Management.