Keeping and Breeding Australian Lizards
editor Mike Swan

Paper Back, 618 pages, 1016 images. Size A5
$ 70.00 per copy

"This is the first comprehensive book on the captive husbandry of Australian lizards and it is particularly rewarding that the authors are Australians.
This title will provide herpetoculturists with an excellent reference to keeping and breeding Australian lizards. I'm hopeful it will answer many of the never-ending questions, offer guidance to newcomers and assist in avoiding many of the mistakes made during my developing years."

-- Mike Swan

The authors are among the leading Australian herpetoculturists and include Grant Husband and Matt Bonnett (Monitors), Greg Fyfe (Skinks), John McGrath (Geckos), Kieran Aland (Dragons) and Rob Porter (Flap-footed Lizards).
Photographs are by well known Australian wildlife photographers and include Steve Wilson, Michael Cermak and Damian Goodall. Some images are appearing in print for the first time.
There are also sections on colour patterns and mutations, Diseases and Disorders of Australian Lizards by Dr. Franciscus Scheelings and Breeding Live Insect Food for Australian Lizards by Rob Porter.

32 pages, 21.5cm x 14cm, soft cover, colour and black and white photos.  This book is dedicated to the care, maintenance and breeding of Water Dragons in captivity. In addition, a section has been included on the basilisks and sailfin  lizards of the New World.       $15.50 per copy

THE LIZARD KEEPERS HANDBOOK, by Philippe de Vosjoli.
175 pages, soft cover 21.5cm x 14cm, colour and black and white photos.  The purpose of this book is to give herpetoculturists, both beginners and those more experienced, as well as pet industry personnel, a broad base of knowledge which will allow them to successfully keep a variety of insect-eating lizards. Although the emphasis of this book is on husbandry, all herpetoculturists should strive to captive-breed the species they keep. An excellent publication and a must for any lizard keeper generally.       $20.00 per copy

LIZARDS IN CAPTIVITY, by Richard Wynne, A T.F.H Publication
190 pages, hard cover, 21 x 14.5cm, colour and black & white photos.  Features some Australian species. The rich diversity of lizards has always made them popular subjects in terria, but it has also made many of them difficult to keep. Included here is information on habitats, cage requirements, food, and young, among other topics. Chapters on housing, food, diseases and reproduction round out the book and help make it one of the most comprehensive on its subject.   $38.50 per copy

LIZARDS AS A NEW PET, by John Coborn, A T.F.H Publication.
64 pages, soft cover, 21.5 x 17.5cm, colour photos.  This book has been designed specially for use and enjoyment by beginners. It is meant for someone who is just starting to keep lizards as pets and was prepared with the assistance of the editorial staff of T.F.H Publications. Contents include, classification, housing, foods & feeding, general care & health, breeding and popular lizards.    $22.00 per copy

A STEP-BY-STEP BOOK ABOUT PET LIZARDS, by Ray Staszko, a T.F.H  Publication.
64 pages, soft cover, 21 x 13.5cm, colour photos.  Completely illustrated with full-colour photos, this easily understood, enjoyable book is packed with information especially designed to meet the needs of new lizard owners. Touching all the bases, from nutrition to environment on through medicine, this book is a complete introductory guide, allowing the reader to acquire a solid base of knowledge on which to build a rewarding new hobby.    $20.00 per copy

FACSIMILE REPRINT of the works of 1845, 1875 & 1867 featuring 20 lithographic plates  $22.00 per copy

Hard cover, 22.5cm x 14.5cm, 225 pages, colour and black & white photos.
Another excellent publication by this well known author. Chapters include, Essential Biology, Cages, Heating, Outdoor enclosures, Food & Feeding, Breeding, Health & Management.         $60.00 per copy

LIZARDS - Volume 1. By Manfred Rogner.
317 pages, hard cover, 23.5 x 16cm, colour photos.
LIZARDS - Volume 2. By Manfred Rogner.
308 pages, hard cover, 23.5 x 16cm, colour photos.
Lizards, Volumes 1 & 2, is the first comprehensive work describing all known families of lizards in such depth and breadth. Rogner outlines the geographic distribution along with the natural habitats and lifestyles for each species. The author also draws heavily from the firsthand experiences of herpetological enthusiasts in detailing husbandry practices for feeding; administering vitamin and mineral supplements; breeding; and setting up, heating, lighting and maintaining vivaria. Detailed descriptions and copious colour photos illustrate physical characteristics of the lizards.
Volume 1 describes geckos, flap-footed lizards, agamas, chameleons, iguanas, basilisks, and anoles.
Volume 2 examines crocodile lizards, gila monsters, legless lizards, plated lizards, sungazers, skinks, night lizards, tuataras and crocodilians.
Volume 1…………….$110.00
Volume 2………….…$101.00

Hard cover,  A4, 264 pages, illustrated colour, 99 plates and tables.  Greer directs his work to a wide spectrum of herpetologists; professionals, tertiary and graduate students in zoology and amateur herpetologists who are inclined to scientific data. In this comprehensive book Australian lizard biology is reviewed from an evolutionary perspective. No other similar work exists in print today. Chapters include the Phylogenetic Relationships and Geographical Origins of Australian Lizards, Agamidae (dragon lizards), Gekkonidae (Geckos), Pygopididae (flap-footed lizards), Scincidae (skinks), Varanidae (goannas), Carnivorous Legless  Lizards (snakes), Index.
Awarded the Whitley Medal for the Best Book on Australian Natural History.  $70.00 per copy

FEEDING INSECT-EATING LIZARDS. A T.F.H Publication by David J. Zoffer.
A full colour, 25cm x 17cm, soft cover 64 page book. Completely illustrated with magnificent full colour photographs. Housing; Nutrition; Diet Selection; Species Accounts.   $22.00 per copy


SNAKES ALIVE - Snake Experts & Antidote Sellers of Australia by John Cann
Soft Cover 21cm x 13.5 cm. 191 pages with many b & w photographs. John Cann's book "Snakes Alive" has been officially described as a revised edition featuring a new cover and 16 additional pages of photographs. First published in 1986. In "Snakes Alive" John Cann tells the colourful and often tragic story of the men and women - frequently self styled 'Professors' and 'Cleopatras' who brought large crowds to fairground circuits to watch their dangerous game. The book is illustrated with a fascinating and unique collection of well over a hundred photographs. An excellent read. $30 per copy


SNAKES IN QUESTION - The Smithsonian Answer Book, by Carl H. Ernst and George R. Zug.
Soft cover, 25.5cm x 18cm, 203 pages, colour  and b & w photos. Authoritative and accessible, this book answers the most frequently asked questions about snakes and provides a basic introduction for both adults and children to the habits and marvels of these limbless creatures. Drawing on the most recent herpetological research, Snakes in Question  seeks to dispel popular myths and common fears about snakes by fostering an appreciation of their roles in the natural world. With more than 2,600 known species, from the giant anaconda to the garden-variety green snake, snakes are among the most common reptiles. The book tells how snakes breathe, hear and smell. It describes how they swallow large prey, what eats them, and how they reproduce. With schematic drawings and more than sixty colour photographs, Snakes in Question demystifies both exotic and common snake species, providing an antidote to human misunderstanding and mistrust of a diverse and fascinating creature    $33.00 per copy


Soft cover, 28cm x 21cm, 223 pages, colour photos. This is not a field guide; rather it is an insight into the biology and life history of snakes in and around Australia.  It opens the door on an exciting and relatively new area of research.  Dr Shine has pioneered much of this work himself and may be considered Australia’s greatest authority on snakes.  This authoritative account of how Australian snakes have evolved, where they live and how they behave is the first of its kind.  It dispels the myths and replaces them with fascinating, proven information about how snakes fit into Australia’s ecosystems.  Although the foundations of this book are truly scientific, it has a light and easy style, peppered with amusing and occasionally alarming anecdotes.   $33.00  per copy

ECOLOGY of REPTILES, by Harold Heatwole and Janet Taylor.
Hard cover, A5, 326 pages, illustrated colour, tables, diagrams, graphs, index. 1987.  This is an authoritative, up-to-date account of the environmental relationships of one of Australia’s most fascinating and diverse group of vertebrates. For the past decade Heatwole’s Reptile Ecology has been the only comprehensive treatment of the topic and many young Australian herpetologists cut their professional teeth on it. It has served as a source for ecologists of various disciplines, and its simple language  was a gateway for the layman interested in natural history to enter into a field that otherwise was restricted to the professional biologist.   $44.00 per copy

Hard cover, A4, 372 pages, illustrated colour, tables, drawings, index. 1997.
This book is an attempt to summarize the information on the biology of Australian snakes in the context of their evolutionary relationships. The book is organized along the same lines as the author’s 1989 book on The Biology and Evolution of Australian Lizards which won the Whitely Medal of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. The book’s nine chapters consist of an introduction, a brief discussion placing snakes in the context of general lizard evolution, and individual overviews of the ecology, behaviour and anatomy of the eight major lineages of Australian snakes.
There is also a bibliography of more than a thousand entries and a comprehensive index. There are more than 175 figures consisting of maps, graphs, X-radiographs, electronmicrographs and colour photos. The book should be useful to readers ranging from beginners with an intense interest in reptiles through to professional herpetologists.     $90.00  per copy

SNAKES …As a Hobby, by Thomas Leetz, a T.F.H Publication.
99 pages, soft cover, 25 x 17mm, colour photos.
A few of the topics are, Boas, Breeding, Collecting, Equipment, Feeding, Force-feeding, Handling, Hibernation, Housing, Incubation, Locomotion, Mites, Mouth Rot, Quarantine, Shedding, Temperatures.   $27.50 per copy

SNAKES AS A NEW PET, by Jake Oberon, a T.F.H Publication.
64 pages, soft cover, 21.5 x 17cm, colour photos.
This snake book was designed for beginners. It is meant for someone who is just starting in the hobby of keeping snakes. Chapters include, Introduction, Snake Herpetology, Housing, Nutrition and Species.  $22.00 per copy

A - Z OF SNAKE KEEPING. by Chris Mattison
A soft cover, 28cm x 20cm, 143 page, colour and black & white photos, book covering precisely as the title suggests - the A to Z of snake keeping. Being an overseas publication it does carry species that we are not familiar with but the bulk of the book still makes it a worthwhile addition to the library.         $31.00 per copy

Hard cover, 28cm x 22cm, 256 pates, colour photos.
Illustrated throughout with stunning colour photographs, The Encyclopedia of Snakes reveals these animals in a variety of lights.  Each chapter presents a main theme supported by text, photos and diagrams.  There is detailed coverage of snake classification, evolution, natural diversity, size, shape and colouration, physiology, ecology, feeding, defensive behaviour, breeding, mythology, superstition and modern human attitudes toward snakes.  In addition, fact boxes within each chapter focus attention on items of special importance and interest, such as scale type, snake populations in the wild and egg incubation     $70.00  per copy

THE PROPER CARE OF SNAKES, by A.Gens, a T.F.H Publication.
256 pages, hard cover, 18.5 x 13cm, colour photos.
Written with remarkable clarity and illustrated throughout with full colour photos. This book provides readers with all the basics of snake ownership, from selecting the right species to providing the best feeding, housing and health care. Also provided are overviews of the care requirements of each individual species.    $47.50 per copy

A hard cover, 22cm x 14cm, 184 page, colour and black & white photos, book covering many species that are not familiar to us but the general text and non specific species chapters do make this book worth while.
                Hardcover………..$53.00 per copy  Softcover………..$38.00 per copy

Hard cover, 21.5cm x 14.5cm, 248 pages, black & white photos. First printed 1969. With the reprinting of Snakes: The Keeper and the Kept, a whole new generation of herpetologists and hobbyists alike will have the opportunity to be introduced to his ideas on keeping snakes as pets and their natural history in the wild. Welcome to Carl's fascinating world of herpetology. Sit back in your chair and join Carl as he takes you afield in search of the secretive snake. Learn some of his original pioneering ideas on snake husbandry. I'm sure you will be "charmed" by his descriptive writing style. Carl Kauffeld 1911 - 1974      $66.00 per copy

KEEPING - REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS, by Johann Krottlinger.
T.F.H Publication, Hard cover, 26cm x 18cm, 192 pages, colour photos.
The need for herpetological books with clear, concise, contemporary information is growing at the same speed as the hobby itself. Keeping - Reptiles and Amphibians is truly such a book. Bursting with over 175 full-colour photos and a generous amount of authoritative text, it also provides the reader with a taste of the unique "European" perspective of today's modern herp hobby. Written in a smooth, uncomplicated style, this practical reptile and amphibian guide is a must for both amateurs and professionals alike, to be turned to time and time again as a reliable identification manual, practical reference point, or just an enjoyable source of casual reading.   $71.50 per copy

T.H.F Publication, Hard cover, 26cm x 18cm, 224 pages, colour photos. This volume by Eric Rundquist, a seasoned professional herp keeper and breeder with years of zoo experience, is an entertaining yet accurate account of all the basic tricks of the trade you need to know to successfully keep almost any herp you are likely to run into. The modern and detailed yet readable account of reptile (and even amphibian) diseases provides a highlight of the book.    $57.00 per copy

Pythons and Boas

The Complete Carpet Python


Justin Julander


Nick Mutton

Hard cover, 360 pages.

$80.00 per copy

... and as a special bonus the Herp Shop will include at no extra cost an Oz Herp Thermometer and Hygrometer with every copy

$10 of extra value - free!


The Carpet pythons are among the most diverse, vivid and fascinating of all the snakes. The Complete Carpet Python is a long overdue work detailing the natural history, captive care and breeding of this amazing group and their relatives.

The Complete Carpet Python offers readers the most thorough accounting of this fascinating group, covering Morelia spilota, M. imbricata, M. bredli and M. carinata, providing many intimate details of the lives of these enigmatic creatures in the wild and represents the culmination of the most up to date scientific research available. This volume also draws from the authors nearly four decades of combined experience working with carpet pythons, as well as the contributions of other notable herpetologists and herpetoculturists. This work also contains the most extensive photographic record of the carpet python complex, both in the wild and in captivity, available today. Providing an understanding of the wild behaviour of these species gives important insight into their needs in captivity and provides a window into their amazing adaptations which have allowed these animals to flourish throughout their long 25 million year history.

Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons

One of the most comprehensive books ever published on Australian Python Husbandry

Authors include Kieran Aland, Brian Barnett, Meyndert Bornman, Rob Browne-Cooper, Greg Fyfe, Glen Gaikhorst, Russel Grant, Chris Hay, Geoff Heard, Adrian Hemens, Peter Krauss, Dr. David Pearson, Dr.Franciscus Scheelings, Neil Sonnemann, Brad Walker and John Weigel
PB 350 pages. For the first time a book covering all Australian python species written by leading Australian breeders.
Covers housing, sexing, breeding, egg incubation and raising young snakes.
Contains graphs, charts and many coloured photographs.
Sections on diseases and disorders and colour and pattern mutations of Australian pythons
Also includes information on natural habitats and behaviours.
$50 per copy

"The More Complete Chondro"

The More Complete Chondro - one of the most comprehensive python husbandry books available.

The More Complete Chondro, by well-known chondro keeper and breeder Greg Maxwell, is an expanded edition of the original care and breeding manual that quickly became a herpetological bestseller after its release in 2003. This new hard cover book with dust jacket is over 300 pages in length, with 260 full color photographs illustrating both the naturally occurring geographic races as well as all the major designer morphs. Each chapter has been reviewed, revised, and updated. Over seventy pages of additional information and ninety additional color photographs make this new edition much more than a simple is in truth a new book. Major updates to the natural history and locality chapters, time frames for follicle development and ovulation in breeding females,how-to photos for probing chondros, and updates to all the major high-end color morph projects make this book a must-have for all chondro keepers, breeders, and lovers.

Beginners will find the information contained in this book to be thorough, clear and balanced, and seasoned keepers and breeders will also benefit from the tips and observations of one of America's most knowledgeable GTP enthusiasts

Just $75.00 per copy from the Herp Shop



REPRODUCTIVE HUSBANDRY OF PYTHONS AND BOAS, by Richard Ross & Gerry Marzec, I.H.R Publication.
270 pages, hard cover, colour photos.
This book was the first reptile textbook to integrate the data accumulated by professional and amateur herpetologists in reptile husbandry with research in the reproductive physiology of reptiles. The material in this book has been designed to provide detailed information on every aspect of captive propagation of pythons and boas, as well as valuable material on breeding and general husbandry of other reptile species.    $130.00 per copy (Protected in original shrink wrap.)

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T.F.H Publication. First released 2000. Soft cover, 25cm x 16.5cm, 64 pages, colour photos.
Carpet Pythons - Green Tree Pythons - Black-headed Pythons - Diamond Pythons - Children's Pythons - Spotted Pythons. These are the cream of the crop when it comes to the desirable pythons, and all are Australian animals. This volume introduces the hobbyist to these fascinating snakes and provides all the information needed to care for them successfully and also breed them. Written by a resident Australian naturalist, The Guide to Owning an Australian Python is sure to please any hobbyist who wants to add one of Australia's unique species to the collection. Contents include: Introduction, Pythons of Australia: A Biological Overview, Housing Your Pythons, Creating the Right Environment, General Management and Feeding, Medical Problems and Breeding Australian Pythons. An excellent book for the beginner and a refreshing read for the more advanced keeper. $22.00 per copy

TALES OF GIANT SNAKES - A historical natural history of Anacondas and Pythons, by John Murphy & Robert Henderson.
221 pages, 26cm x 18.5cm, hard cover, black & white photos.  Tales of Giant Snakes, which has received mention in the New York Times and Smithsonian magazine, examines the natural history of four species of snakes known to exceed 20 feet in length (Common Anaconda, Indian Python, Reticulated Python and African Python). Based on the writings of explorers, missionaries, scientists and adventurers over the past 200 years, the authors have pieced together exciting and informative glimpses into the lives of these legless giants. Included are chapters on where they are found (often around human habitations), what they eat (includes crocodiles, deer and cows), how big do they really get (a controversial subject), attacks on humans (rare), exploitation by humans for their skins, and conservation. The book is illustrated with photos, historical lithographs, maps and graphs.    $60.50  per copy

PYTHONS AND BOAS, by Peter Stafford, a T.F.H Publication.
192 pages, hard cover, 22 x 14.5cm, colour & black and white photos.  Pythons and Boas have long been the most fascinating of snakes, and with continued encroachment upon their habitat they are now also among the most threatened. Pythons & Boas provides an up-to-date look at the Boidae, with emphasis being placed on the boids as threatened animals whose future lie with increased captive breeding by concerned hobbyists. Every genus is covered, from the largest pythons to the smallest wood snakes, with summaries of what is known of their natural history and care in captivity. A special chapter spotlights methods of breeding boas and pythons in captivity.   $64.00 per copy

BOAS & PYTHONS - BREEDING AND CARE. T.F.H publication by Erik Stoops and Annette Wright.
A hard cover, 26cm x 17.5cm, 177 page brilliant colour book covering both species that we are and are not familiar with in Australia. This should not put you off as it is a beautifully produced book. Topics covered are: Basic Care; Feeding & Nutrition; Health Problems; Captive Breeding Information & Popular Species     $70.00 per copy

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