Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia
Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition

by Harold Cogger


Published in March 2014 by CSIRO Publishing, colour, 
1064 pages, hard cover


Price $A150.00 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780643100350


  • Description
  • Contents
  • About the author

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia is a complete guide to Australia’s rich and varied herpetofauna, including frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. For each of the 1194 species there is a description of its appearance, distribution and habits. Each species is accompanied by a distribution map and, in most cases, a colour photograph of the living animal.

The book includes 130 simple-to-use dichotomous keys that in most cases allow a specimen in hand to be identified. In addition, it has a comprehensive list of scientific references for those wishing to conduct more in-depth research, an extensive glossary, and basic guides to the collection, preservation and captive care of specimens. This classic work, originally published in 1975, has been completely brought up to date. This seventh edition includes all species described prior to October 2013.

• Comprehensive account of all reptiles and amphibians in Australia
• World-renowned classic work and author
• Up-to-date treatment of all described species of Australian frogs and reptiles
• The only book to include identification keys to all Australia frogs and reptiles in a single manual
• Most photographs reproduced at medium to large size making their characteristics easier to see and use in identification
• A summary table with a complete list of currently-recognised species and their distribution by state and bioregion
• Maps of Australia-wide patterns of species richness in frogs, lizards and snakes


List of currently recognised species
• Preface to the 7th edition
• Acknowledgements

(pages 31-218)
• Frogs
REPTILES (pages 219- 971)
• Crocodiles Turtles and tortoises
• Lizards
• Snakes
• Selected references
• Index of scientific names and general terms
• Index of common names


About the author:

Dr Harold G Cogger was Curator of Reptiles at the Australian Museum, Sydney until 1976, when he became Deputy Director with primary responsibility for scientific research programs and collections. On his retirement in 1995 the Museum appointed him John Evans Memorial Fellow, a position he still holds. He was Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the University of Newcastle, 1997–2001.

He has published widely on reptiles and amphibians, including the six previous editions of this book. Most of his field research has been undertaken in Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific.