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Snakes, Lizards and Frogs of the Victorian Mallee

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Snakes, Lizards and Frogs of the Victorian Mallee

Michael Swan   Royal Melbourne Zoo
Simon Watharow  

Colour photographs, Illustrations, Glossary, Bibliography, Index
104 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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The Victorian Mallee region encompasses the Little Desert, the Big Desert, the Sunset Country and the Hattah-Kulkyne. Each area is unique and with different topography, vegetation and fauna. The region experiences consistently higher temperatures, lower rainfall and contains a greater diversity of reptiles than any other part of the state.

Snakes, Lizards and Frogs of the Victorian Mallee represents the first comprehensive publication on the herpetofauna of the region. It covers 56 species that inhabit the area as well as a further 24 species occurring in fringe riverine and woodland systems. The reader is able to identify species by means of a photograph supported by a distribution map, a diagnostic features key and descriptive species accounts.

The book includes a discussion of venomous snakes, information on first aid for snakebites, and hints for snake prevention around the house.


  • Includes an overview of Mallee history and ecology
  • Allows easy identification of 56 species
  • Includes colour photograph and distribution map for each species
  • Includes section on first aid for snake bites

Introduction to the Victorian Mallee
Species accounts
Southern Frogs
Flap-footed Lizards
Monitor Lizards
Blind Snakes
Venomous Land Snakes
Victorian Mallee fringe-dwellers
Checklist of species
Victorian flora and fauna and conservation categories
Surveying Mallee frogs and reptiles
References and further information
Snake prevention around the house

  • Natural history enthusiasts, bushwalkers, environmentalists
  • State & local government environmental officers
  • Wildlife shelter staff, ‘Land for Wildlife’ property owners
  • Environmental science and biology students

     "A must read for any person interested in reptiles or frogs, as well as an excellent easy to follow guide for those with an interest in the natural history of the Victorian Mallee. It is excellent value for the price."
    Gerry Swan, Australian Zoologist, Vol. 33, No. 4, December 2006

    "This is an attractive book… that will appeal to herpetologists and anyone wanting to enrich their natural history experience when enjoying this beautiful part of Victoria."
    Nick Clemann (The Victorian Naturalist, February 2006)

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