Description : No two lizard species have spawned as much folklore, wonder, and myth as the Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum, and the Beaded Lizard, H. horridum—the sole survivors of an ancient group of predacious lizards called the Monstersauria. More like snakes on legs, monstersaurs are a walking contradiction: they are venomous yet don't appear to use their venom for subduing prey; their mottled patterns mingle with the broken shadows and textures of their desert and tropical dry forest habitats, yet their bright open mouths hiss a bold warning that a nasty bite awaits those who advance further. And while Gila Monster venom produces excruciating pain, it also contains a peptide that has become a promising new drug for treating type-2 diabetes. Perhaps the ultimate paradox is that monstersaurs are among the most famous of lizards, yet until quite recently they have remained among the least studied. With numerous illustrations, stunning color photographs, and an up-to-date synthesis of their biology, this book explains why the Monstersauria seems poised to change the way we think about lizards. Daniel D. Beck—who has been investigating Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards for over 22 years—teams up here with award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Wiewandt to produce a comprehensive summary of this small but remarkable family of lizards.
Description : When Annie and Sandy stopped in the little town of Butternut, a train robbery and an abandoned mine threaten to entangle the two of them in a mysterious maze of circumstances. Based on the classic comic strip by Harold Gray.
Description : A guide to identifying all venomous reptiles north of Mexico, from copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes to the Gila monster
Description : Originally published in 1992, Giant Lizards is a bestselling reference held in high regard within every level of the herp hobby for its authoritative and thorough coverage of lizard biology. Now in a completely revised and expanded volume, Giant Lizards features all newly written information by an expert on monitors and other large lizards (defined as those reaching over 3 feet in length) and it covers over 90 species. Lizard profiles range from the relatively affordable to the extremely expensive, and from those commonly kept as pets to those critically endangered and unobtainable. Species include iguanas (including green iguanas), rock iguanas, Galapagos Island iguanas, tegus, sail-fin lizards, Gila monsters, beaded lizards, water dragons, monitors (including savannah, water, and Nile monitors plus Komodo dragons), and more. Giant Lizards provides complete coverage of essential care subjects like feeding, housing, breeding, and health care. For the more scientifically minded reader, it includes sections o
Description : Text and photographs introduce poisonous animals such as the fire salamander, death puffer, gila monster, and sea anemone.
Description : I See a Kookaburra! lets readers search for an oystercatcher, an elephant shrew, and a fierce snapping turtle in the places where they live. Learn how these animals and many others grow and thrive in very different environments. Incorporated into the book is an interactive element. Hidden in the illustrations are animals camouflaged in their surroundings. Turn the page to see if you were able to find them all!
Description : "A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert provides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America."--BOOK JACKET.
Description : In this model nature journal, the author writes about seeing Gila monsters, watching scorpions with a black light, and harvesting saguaro flowers with a Native American family. The collage-style artwork combines illustrations with clippings of articles about desert animals and plants.
Description : "Unlike books that merely identify which plants and animals live in the desert, Desert Ecology explores how these organisms live where they do.