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"The breadth of herpetofauna in the area will surprise many readers: more than 8% of the world’s salamanders and 11% of all turtle species live in the region. Beyond numbers, however, lie aesthetics. The surprising colors and fascinating lifestyles of the reptile and amphibian species in this book will mesmerize readers young and old."

"While most field guides are organized by species, this book is more than a field guide; it places the animals in the context of their environment."

"... — go find Al’s book. It is a real gem, full of great insights and huge fun to read."

"Recommended. All readers."

"The Snake and the Salamander clearly reflects the author’s extensive knowledge and love of our natural world. Readers will be illuminated by its tales and lessons, and should strongly consider adding this book to their libraries."

"The Snake and the Salamander is full of engaging, fascinating facts presented in the context of habitat, science, and history... it inspires people to fall in love with reptiles and amphibians, to learn about how and where they live—and to protect them."

"I recommend it to anyone who loves herpetological art and natural history. The book would be especially appropriate as a gift to family members and friends who appreciate nature."

"I can’t think of a writer and an illustrator who have done a better job than Breisch and Patterson have in giving us frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, turtles, and lizards in all their diversity and fascination."

"The Snake and the Salamander offers an alternative to the standard field guide and allows Breisch to share a career’s worth of learning and observations on the amphibians and reptiles of the Northeast USA... The Snake and the Salamander will provide insights into the lives of these often-cryptic animals for members of the public who are interested in biodiversity and will encourage the interest of developing, young herpetologists."

"This volume is a joy to read and a feast for the eyes."