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Lizards of the World Chris Mattison

Lizards of the World Chris Mattison

SKU: CML1989

Lizards of the World by Chris Mattison  First Edition 1989


“Human interest in lizards in not new . These reptiles have been the subject of superstition and speculation for thousands of years and their remarkably diverse forms, colours and behaviour continue to fascinate us today. We know comparatively little about lizards, however, and the data produced by increasingly scientific study is often impenetrable or inaccessible to the interested lay person.”


A scarer First Edition 1989 published by Blandford Press Artillery House, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RT

Hardback book in green cloth with dust jacket

Size: 24cm x 16cm

192 Pages including index with 102 plates in black and white and colour


About the book:

Written as an introduction to the natural history of lizard, this book will help to answer the many questions that both amateur and professional naturalists ask about these animals. The first seven chapters cover the origins, form, functions and colour, environment, feeding, defence, reproduction, movement and distributions of lizard – from the tiny, tropical geckos to the huge Komodo dragon. The author also discusses lizard in captivity and their relationship with us, and describes the whole range of the lizard families. The book concludes with a chapter on the curious group of burrowing, worm-like creatures, the Amphisbaenians.

The highly readable and informative text is beautifully illustrated with line drawings and superb black and white and colour photographs of the spectacularly varied lizard families.


Table of contents. 



  • Lizards: What they are and where they came from
  • Form and Function
  • Lizards and Their Environment
  • Food and Feeding
  • Defence
  • Reproduction
  • Distribution and Habitat
  • Lizards in Captivity
  • The Classification of Lizards
  • The Amphisbaenians




Biography of Author:

Chris Mattison has achieved an international reputation with five major books about the natural history of reptiles and amphibians. He is a member of both the British and International Herpetological Societies and has lectured on reptiles and amphibians for over 20 years, travelling widely to study his subjects in the field.



Dust Jacket (VG) Clean with excellent colouring but with slight rubbing edges and corners.  

Boards: Very good

Binding: Tight

Spine: Minor bumping to bottom of spine.

Pages.  All pages complete, bright and clean.  

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