Naturalized Reptiles and Amphibians of the World

Hardcover | April 2, 2004

byChristopher Lever

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This book describes how the various alien reptiles and amphibians now living in the wild throughout the world were first introduced, how they subsequently became naturalized, their present distribution and status in those countries to which they were introduced, and their ecological andsocio-economic impact (if any) on the native biota and local economies. Many species have had a more or less neutral impact, being neither beneficial nor harmful. However, several have had a positive ecological or socio-economic impact, while some such as the cane toad, have had an extremelydestructive effect.The criteria for inclusion of a species are that it should have been imported from its natural range to a new country by human agency (either accidentally or deliberately) and that it should currently be established in the wild in self-maintaining and self-perpetuating populationsunsupported by, and independent of, mankind.

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This book describes how the various alien reptiles and amphibians now living in the wild throughout the world were first introduced, how they subsequently became naturalized, their present distribution and status in those countries to which they were introduced, and their ecological andsocio-economic impact (if any) on the native biota...

Sir Christopher Lever is an established historian and author of a series of well-respected monographs and more popular natural history books. He specialises in vertebrates that have been introduced to geographical areas other than their native ones. Previous books include 'Naturalized Mammals of the World' and 'Naturalized Birds of t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.95 inPublished:April 2, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198507712

ISBN - 13:9780198507710

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Table of Contents

1. ReptiliaTestudinata (turtles, terrapins and tortoises)Crocodilia (alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials)Squamata (lizards and snakes)2. AmphibiaAnura (frogs and toads)Caudata (newts and salamanders)AppendixReferencesIndex

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"Lever, a world authority on naturalized vertebrates, has authored this comprehensive volume on reptiles and amphibians that survive and reproduce in areas outside their natural ranges after being introduced accidentally or deliberately by human agency... This well-written account will be most useful to biologists and conservationists." --Choice