Studying reptile diversity / Mercedes S. Foster, Roy W. McDiarmid, and Neil Chernoff -- Reptile diversity and natural history : an overview / Roy W. McDiarmid -- Study design and sampling / Robert N. Fisher and Mercedes S. Foster, chapter coordinators -- Dealing with associated data / Mercedes S. Foster and Robert N. Fisher, chapter coordinators -- Finding and capturing reptiles / Lee A. Fitzgerald -- Voucher specimens / Robert P. Reynolds and Roy W. McDiarmid -- Preparing reptiles as voucher specimens / Mercedes S. Foster, chapter coordinator -- Dealing with live reptiles / Mercedes S. Foster, chapter coordinator -- Marking reptiles / Michael V. Plummer and John W. Ferner -- Determining age, sex, and reproductive condition / Robert N. Reed and Anton D. Tucker -- Techniques for reptiles in difficult-to-sample habitats / Robert E. Lovich, chapter coordinator -- Statistical properties of techniques and validation / Gordon H. Rodda -- Standard techniques for inventory and monitoring / Mercedes S. Foster, chapter coordinator -- Parametric analysis of reptilian biodiversity data / Chad L. Cross [and others] -- Population size and demographics / Gordon H. Rodda -- Monitoring exploited species / Lee A. Fitzgerald -- Reptile biodiversity : where do we go from here? / Roy W. McDiarmid and Mercedes S. Foster -- Appendix 1. Selected institutions with significant collections of reptiles / Mercedes S. Foster and Roy W. McDiarmid -- Appendix 2. Websites of interest / Mercedes S. Foster. "From tiny, burrowing lizards to rainforest canopy-dwellers and giant crocodiles, reptile populations everywhere are changing. Yet government and conservation groups are often forced to make important decisions about reptile conservation and management based on inadequate or incomplete data. With contributions from nearly seventy specialists, this volume offers a comprehensive guide to the best methods for carrying out standardized quantitative and qualitative surveys of reptiles, while maximizing comparability of data between sites, across habitats and taxa, and over time. The contributors discuss each method, provide detailed protocols for its implementation, and suggest ways to analyze the data, making this volume an essential resource for monitoring and inventorying reptile abundance, population status, and biodiversity."--Pub. desc.