This text is intended for readers who do not know anything about snakes and other reptiles, but would like to find out about them. The book introduces all major reptile groups including snakes, crocodiles, turtles and lizards, with an emphasis on those species that the amateur naturalist and nature-lover is most likely to see. Information is organized simply, with individual species or group entries describing key characteristics - where they are found, food requirements and behavioural habits. Each entry is accompanied by colour photographs and, where appropriate, distribution maps.
Winner of Whitley Award for the Best Children's Book in the Zoological Field 1999.