book presents annotated and
illustrated descriptions of the amphibians and reptiles found at Sabino
Canyon and an overview of their natural environment. Representing a
spanning nearly twenty-five years, it documents their present and past
distribution and examines environmental and herpetofaunal change due to
physical, biological, and human impact on species and habitats.
first publication to describe Sabino Canyon’s biota in
three expert authors pool their knowledge to provide a detailed
of ecological change — especially as a consequence of drought
the introduction of exotic species, and direct human impact.
arrived on the canyon’s doorstep, and human visitation has
affecting the area. Of particular concern, breeding habitats for
were profoundly altered by flash flooding in Sabino’s streams
the 2003 Aspen Fire, which ravaged large parts of the Santa Catalina
The book contains richly detailed accounts of the 57 species found at
— 25 snakes, 17 lizards, 8 toads and frogs, 6 turtles, and 1
— emphasizing their local ecology and the behavior likely to
by visitors. Physical descriptions and numerous photographs —
many in color
— facilitate identification. Up-to-date distribution maps
provide an essential
baseline against which future researchers can measure change.
Reptiles, and Their
Habitats at Sabino Canyon is essential for anyone who seeks
this desert oasis, how it has changed, and how it may change in the
Written with minimal technical jargon to make it as useful to students
and visitors as it will be to scientists and resource managers, it
a vital contribution to our understanding of creatures underfoot whose
habitat we seek to share. .
and Their Habitats at Sabino Canyon
by David W. Lazaroff,
Philip C. Rosen, and Charles H. Lowe
University of Arizona