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Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia

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Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia

Seventh Edition

Harold Cogger  

Colour photographs
1064 pages, 260 x 190 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Hardback - 2014
ISBN: 9780643100350 - AU $150.00

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Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia is a complete guide to Australia’s rich and varied herpetofauna, including frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. For each of the 1218 species there is a description of its appearance, distribution and habits. Each species is accompanied by a distribution map and, in most cases, a colour photograph of the living animal.

The book includes 130 simple-to-use dichotomous keys that in most cases allow a specimen in hand to be identified. In addition, it has a comprehensive list of scientific references for those wishing to conduct more in-depth research, an extensive glossary, and basic guides to the collection, preservation and captive care of specimens.

This classic work, originally published in 1975, has been completely brought up to date. This seventh edition includes all species described prior to October 2013.


  • Comprehensive account of all reptiles and amphibians in Australia
  • World-renowned classic work and author
  • Up-to-date treatment of all described species of Australian frogs and reptiles
  • The only book to include identification keys to all Australia frogs and reptiles in a single manual
  • Most photographs reproduced at medium to large size making their characteristics easier to see and use in identification
  • A summary table with a complete list of currently-recognised species and their distribution by state and bioregion
  • Maps of Australia-wide patterns of species richness in frogs, lizards and snakes

 List of currently recognised species
Preface to the 7th edition
Turtles and tortoises
Selected references
Index of scientific names and general terms
Index of common names

View the full table of contents.


 Amphibian/reptile enthusiasts
Students in the biological, ecological and conservation sciences.

 "It deserves a place on the bookshelf of any Antipodean biogeographer."
Markus Eichhorn, Frontiers of Biogeography, 2014

"A small reptile book by Harold Cogger got me addicted to reptiles as a child, and the latest edition of this well known reference, reminds me why...this is a very important reference that belongs in every home."
Tim Low, Wildlife Australia, 2014

"If you are interested in nature, this is definitely a recommended book."
Paul Plant, Subtropical Gardening, May 2014

"the definitive guide to Australia's lizards, geckos, snakes, frogs, crocodiles and turtles."
Land for Wildlife South East Queensland, Oct 2014, p. 11

"it remains the definitive identification guide to Australian herpetofauna. No herpetologist's bookshelf in complete without a 'Cogger'"
Nick Clemann, The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 132, no. 2, 2015

"Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, commonly known as Cogger, has been the major reference work for Australian herpetologists since it was first published in 1975. Now up to its seventh edition, each edition has not only updated the previous version, but also improved it and this latest edition is no exception... This book belongs on the bookshelf of every amateur and professional herpetologist in Australia, as well as anyone with a more than passing interest in our rich and diverse herpetofauna."
Michael Craig, Pacific Conservation Biology, Vol 21(3), 2015, pp 253


 Dr Harold G Cogger was Curator of Reptiles at the Australian Museum, Sydney until 1976, when he became Deputy Director with primary responsibility for scientific research programs and collections. On his retirement in 1995 the Museum appointed him John Evans Memorial Fellow, a position he still holds. He was Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the University of Newcastle, 1997–2001. He has published widely on reptiles and amphibians, including the six previous editions of this book. Most of his field research has been undertaken in Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific. 

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