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Renowned for its biodiversity, California is home to vast numbers of amphibians and reptiles, from a variety of slender salamanders to the venomous Gila Monster and massive Leatherback Sea Turtle. Flaxington has studied these intriguing creatures since the 1980s, and this book is a compilation of that laboratory and fieldwork. 

  • 184 species accounts, including those introduced to the state

  • 421 color illustrations

  • 125 graphical maps

  • 4,078 science-relevant field observations. 

  • Information on how and where to see these fascinating animals



“This reference book has superb photographs of all species of amphibians and reptiles found in California, each depicted with a range map marked with black points correlating to the author’s field observations.” 

Jonny Ward, Ecology Student

“One of the best books of its kind in existence. Brimming with up-to-date information, beautiful photographs, and accurate maps, Amphibians and Reptiles of California by William Flaxington should be on the shelf, or, better yet, in the hands, of anyone with a passion for California's herpetofauna.”

James Maughn, Cabrillo College

“Reminiscent of the classic reptile guides of the past, informative, with techniques to see and find these elusive critters in the wild.  I have a library of books and this one fits nicely in that collection.”

Gabriel Ginez, UC Santa Cruz

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Amphibians and reptiles

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