Reptiles of the NSW Murray Catchment

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Promotes a broad appreciation of reptiles in the region.

This is an easy to use field guide for identifying the 80 reptile species currently known to occur in the Murray catchment area of New South Wales. Illustrated with high quality colour 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. + Full description

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

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No longer available in a print edition.


Watch a book review video from Dustan at the Canberra Reptile Sanctuary - he gives the book 4/5 rattler tales!

"…it is vital that landholders and environmental decision-makers be aware of local conservation issues and a well-illustrated, fact-filled regional guide like this is a valuable contribution. If guides of this quality were produced for more regions we would all be richer."
Steve K Wilson, Wildlife Australia Magazine, Spring 2010

"…the authors state that their book "… aims to help landholders, natural resource managers and interested members of the general public identify any species of reptile encountered within the NSW Murray catchment." They have certainly achieved this aim in a practical and extremely attractive book that carries a strong conservation message and that doubtless will be highly valued by its target audiences. It is a major contribution to the literature on the Australian herpetofauna."
Hal Cogger, Linnean Society of NSW Newsletter, October 2010

"…unique and highly readable. Whether you be a seasoned herpetologist, or a budding reptile lover, this book is a must for any library."
Australian Defence Organisation newsletter, May 2010

"This is a modern, lovely-to-use field guide…if you or someone you know manages land there it’s close to essential."
Ian Fraser, Natural History Book Reviews,


ePDF | April 2010
ISBN: 9780643098213
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • 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


Damian Michael is a Senior Research Officer in Ecology at The Australian National University. He has broad interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation and herpetology and is responsible for managing a number of large-scale, long-term biodiversity monitoring and ecological research projects in NSW. He has published over 40 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored two books.

David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor in Ecology and Conservation Biology at The Australian National University. He has published 25 books and over 560 scientific papers, and has broad interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology, vertebrate ecology, forest ecology and woodland conservation. He has won many prestigious awards including the Whitley Award (three times) and the Eureka Prize.

Contributors: Mason Crane, Matthew Herring and Rebecca Montague-Drake.