The Lizard Man Speaks

The Lizard Man Speaks

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Alone on the endless red-sand desert in the Australian outback, tracking Varanus giganteus, the perentie lizard that grows to be more than six feet long. . . for desert rat Eric Pianka, such adventures have led to a satisfying, if unusual, way of life, as well as a distinguished career as a field biologist. In The Lizard Man Speaks, Pianka recounts more than thirty years of adventures in reptile studies, beginning with a boyhood passion for collecting snakes and lizards. He tells of qlizardingq in the North American deserts, the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, and the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia. His vivid imagery draws the reader into a world where lions lurk in the darkness beyond a gecko hunter's lights, where being stranded by car trouble miles from the last outpost is a constant danger, and where the wilderness still deserves to be called wild. Along the way, Pianka provides much general information about lizard ecology, the fire succession cycle, and the interaction of humans with the landscape. And he reveals the springs of his own determined spirit and love of solitude, describing a near-fatal boyhood accident and its shaping and character-building effect on the life that followed.body temperature of Phrynosoma platyrhinos, which is significantly greater than that of all other sympatric species of lizards. Wide fluctuations in horned lizard body temperatures under natural conditions presumably reflect both their long activity ... that must be able to move rapidly to escape from predators would hardly be expected to weight themselves down with ... Reproductive Tactics Most lizards lay eggs, but some species retain their eggs internally and give birth to living young.

Title:The Lizard Man Speaks
Author:Eric R. Pianka
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 1994-01-01


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