Synopses & Reviews
"Horned 'toads' have long inspired curious humans, from ancient Indian rock artists and the earliest Spanish explorers to modern scientists. These lizards specialize on ants for food, employ distinctive defensive tactics for different enemies, arch their bodies to collect rainwater, and exhibit numerous other adaptations to arid environments. Wade Sherbrooke's wonderful book, packed with facts and personal insights, will give everyone from lay naturalists to seasoned field biologists a new appreciation for these magically bizarre animals."and#151;Harry W. Greene, author of Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature
"Written in language understandable by anyone, Sherbrooke's newly revised little book on horned lizards is an exceedingly useful reference that covers most of what is known about these interesting and unusual lizards."and#151;Eric R. Pianka, author of The Lizard Man Speaks
"Wade Sherbrooke has provided in this very readable book a concise introduction to the evolution and natural history of the horned lizards, their impact on human art, and their future in an increasingly human-dominated planet. No one has more first-hand knowledge of the life history of horned lizards than Dr. Sherbrooke, so this book represents more than a summary; Sherbrooke provides insight into the life and times of horned lizards as no one else could. Amateur and professional alike will find much to enjoy about this book."and#151;Darrel Frost, American Museum of Natural History
Praise for the first edition:
"[This is] the horned lizard bible deluxe."and#151;Coevolution
Horned lizards can be found in the arid and semi-arid west and southwest (in AZ, NM, TX, CA, CO, UT, NE, SD, OK, MT, ID, and NE). They have captured the human imagination since prehistoric artists painted them on rock walls and are still celebrated as a wildlife icon today. This book reviews the biology and natural history of the 13 species in N. America.
* Features detailed species accounts; gives information on horned lizard biology, ecology, and evolution; and describes the role of these fascinating reptiles in mythology, culture, and art
* Covers the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and includes all species of horned lizards
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-169) and index.
About the Author
Wade C. Sherbrooke is Director, Southwestern Research Station, American Museum of Natural History.