The Sydney region, stretching from Newcastle in the north to Bateman’s Bay in the south and west through the Blue Mountains, is home to about 130 species of frogs and reptiles. They’re in our gardens, creeks and parks, and often even in our houses. We may be playing host to a ‘pet’ blue-tongued lizard or diamond python and tiny skinks scatter under our feet throughout the suburbs. Frogs live in our ponds and creeks and many people are now concerned about their conservation.
This handy book, now in its second, completely revised edition, will help you to identify the snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs that live in our suburbs and the surrounding bush. Each entry provides, as well as a spectacular colour photograph, a description of the colour and features of each animal, what it eats, how it reproduces, and its current conservation status for the Sydney region and whether it is endangered. The calls of frogs are described, as this is often the best way to identify a species. Information on similar species will help you distinguish one animal from another. It identifies which snakes are venomous and gives the treatment for snakebite.
Photographs of the most common habitats of the Sydney region are shown at the front of the book, together with information about threatened species, how to keep frogs and reptiles as pets and what licenses you need, and how best to observe frogs and reptiles in the wild.
Ken Griffiths is known for his stunning photographs of frogs and reptiles. He first published Reptiles of the Sydney Region in 1987, and added frogs to the book in 1997.