Reptiles of the NSW Murray Catchment

A Guide to Their Identification, Ecology and Conservation

June 2010
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    15th June 2010
  • ISBN 9780643098206
  • Language English
  • Pages 248 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.75"
  • Images full color throughout

This is an easy-to-use field guide to identifying the 80 reptile species currently known to occur in the Murray catchment area of New South Wales.

Illustrated with high quality color photographs, the book describes the key distinguishing features of each reptile and includes details on habitats and conservation status. Uniquely, it has a detailed chapter on how to conserve reptiles and manage key habitats, providing landholders and natural resource agencies with the knowledge to help conserve reptiles in agricultural farming landscapes. The up-to-date distribution maps are based on 10 years of extensive surveys and research on reptiles in the Murray catchment. The final chapter includes a section on similar looking species to further enable readers to accurately and quickly identify difficult species.

Reptiles of the NSW Murray Catchment promotes a broad appreciation of reptiles in the region, and is a must-have for natural history enthusiasts.

Key features
• A complete account of all reptile species known to occur in the Murray catchment
• New information on how to identify each species, where they occur in the Murray catchment and what habitats they use
• Up-to-date distribution maps for each species

1) Australia—The Land of Reptiles
2) The Importance of Conserving Reptile Diversity
3) Conserving Reptiles on Farms
4) The NSW Murray Catchment
5) Species Accounts
6) Identifying Similar Looking Skinks in the Murray Catchment
Appendix 1: Reptiles of the Murray Catchment and their Associated Vegetation Types
Appendix 2: Common and Scientific Names of Other Animals and Plants Mentioned
Index: Scientific Names
Index: Common Names

Damian Michael

Damian Michael is a Senior Research Officer in Ecology at The Australian National University. He has broad interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation, herpetology and understanding the ecological importance of rocky outcrops in agricultural landscapes. He manages several large-scale biodiversity monitoring programs in New South Wales and has published 90 scientific papers and six books.

David Lindenmayer

David Lindenmayer is a Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on the conservation of forests and their wildlife for more than 35 years. He has published 45 books and over 1100 scientific papers, and has broad interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology, vertebrate ecology, forest ecology and woodland conservation. He has received numerous awards and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.