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
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)