A field guide to reptiles of Queensland
A field guide to reptiles of Queensland

By Steve Wilson


Published in 2005 by Reed New Holland, full colour, soft cover, 256 pages


Price $A34.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9781876334970

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Queensland is home to an extraordinary diversity of reptiles. This is because it has so many different types of habitat. In the tropical rainforest lives one of Australia's most spectacular dragons, the Boyd's Rainforest Dragon.


The arid south-west is home to the deadly Inland Taipan. In the deeply cracked black soil plains of the Mitchell Grass Downs, Collet’s Snake hides from the baking midday sun.


In the far north there are even isolated pockets of New Guinean animals, among them the magnificent Green Tree Python, which lives in the Iron and McIlraith Ranges and can be found by day coiled around thick vines and few Queensland homes are without delightful nocturnal geckos.


A Field Guide to Reptiles of Queensland covers all of Queensland’s 440 named species, including 135 that occur nowhere else. Colour photographs make for quick identification aided by line drawings, keys distribution maps and descriptions.


About the author


Steve Wilson has recently co-authored with Gerry Swan the authoritative "A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia". His lifelong love affair with reptiles has taken him to some of Australia's most remote places.


An excellent communicator, he has written and illustrated many articles and in 2000 he won Australian Geographic’s Photography of the Year. For 18 years he has worked at the Queensland Museum, educating the public, identifying their specimens and raising awareness about Australia's unique biological heritage and how to conserve it.


Table of contents



How to use this book

Glossary and illustrations

Queensland bioregions

Snake bite


Sea turtles

Freshwater turtles


Flap-footed lizards



Monitors or goannas

Blind snakes


File snakes

Venomous land snakes

Sea snakes

Sea kraits


Selected reading