Press Release 1/31/14---Amber Publishing (Ft. Myers, FL) and Ralph Curtis Publishing (Sanibel, FL) have joined resources to publish the new four-color book,Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida: A Natural History.
This beautifully illustrated book was written by retired Sanibel sea turtle biologist Charles LeBuff and herpetologist Chris Lechowicz of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Their book summarizes more than a 50-year study on the herpetofauna of Southwest Florida and in particular the two famous barrier islands. All amphibians and reptiles that have been documented on Sanibel and Captiva islands are included, and a four-species supplemental list is appended for historical purposes.
Amphibians and Reptiles of Sanibel and Captiva Islands Florida: A Natural History is totally unlike contemporary books on the subject in that it is not an ordinary “field guide,” but a readable reference book that brings history and biology into perspective. The book is a crowning achievement for the authors and a major contribution to the herpetology of Florida.
The authors called on Bill Love and Daniel Parker, both well-known herpetological photographers, to photograph animals for their book. Both men contributed their finest work, and the result is remarkable.
In total, this book contains 118 color plates, 20 color range maps, seven color and black and white maps, and five black and white historical illustrations. The book is published in the flexi-bound cover style and contains 304 pages (including Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, a Cited Literature section, and two indexes. The book measures 7.75 by 10.25 inches overall. C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr. Ph.D. a prominent scientist affiliated with the University of Florida writes the Foreword.
The publishers encourage direct sales and will ship only autographed copies. This book is priced at a reasonable $29.95. U.S. purchasers should include $4.00 for shipping costs—a total of $33.95. Online purchasers who wish to use credit cards via PayPal will find an order link at: