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A Primer on Reptiles & Amphibians


A Primer on Reptiles & Amphibians is suitable for all ages and experience levels. Each page is a different lesson, and it is full of beautiful color photographs. It is formatted as a collection of 8.5" x 11" bulletins, designed to be easily printed and shared.

The mission behind this book is to help more people get to know these fascinating animals and to raise awareness about their conservation concerns. Any proceeds go to support animal rescue and conservation. Read reviews and more info on the landing page.

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A Primer on Reptiles & Amphibians: A Collection of Educational Nature Bulletins

To read the official scholarly review of the Primer from the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, click here to view the PDF.

Reader-submitted photo by Mark Krist

“I hope it gets, because it deserves, wide attention. It is a must-read for anyone, child or adult, interested in or just curious about herps or nature.” — Dr. Brian Crother; Professor of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University

A Primer on Reptiles & Amphibians is not like any other book. Each page is a unique, easy-to-read lesson that delivers sound science-based information in a clear, interpretive fashion. It is not a field guide. It is a collection of writings designed to help you understand (and ultimately love) some very fascinating animals.

“If I were still teaching herpetology, the Primer would be required reading for all students, both graduates and undergraduates. I am going to recommend to others to do the same.” — Dr. J. Whitfield “Whit” Gibbons; Professor Emeritus of Ecology, University of Georgia

When you order a copy of the Primer, you will get an elegant hardcover text that is not only interesting and informative but suitable for display on any coffee table. You can download the entire book as a free PDF file, but don’t let that stop you from ordering one to hold in your hands (and a second one as a gift!). 100% of the proceeds go to nonprofit use to help L.E.A.R.N. care for injured and unwanted animals. It’s the ultimate win-win.

“A truly extraordinary and exceptional website and a most remarkable effort to put this amount of herpetological information together. I commend Micha’s thorough dedication to the teaching and welfare of herps.” — Dr. Stan Trauth Emeritus Professor of Zoology, Arkansas State University

Find out for yourself why so many people are saying this is their new favorite book.

If you are involved in science communication, public education, or conservation outreach, you need to be familiar with this project. Reptiles and amphibians are some of the most misunderstood and threatened animals on the planet, and this collection is carefully designed to impart information that everyone needs to know.

Each page of the book (which you can download for free) is intentionally designed to be printed easily at your home or office. You are free to use these lessons as handouts in the classroom, at naturalist workshops, or just to hand to your friends and relatives to encourage them not to kill snakes. Whether you want to cover the basics, teach biological concepts, introduce people to conservation concerns, or just learn how to care for these animals properly in captivity — there’s something in the Primer for everyone.

“HUGE congratulations to Micha Petty for this wonderful resource in support of amphibian and reptile education and conservation! This book is going to make a difference!” — Dr. Harry W. Greene; Professor Emeritus, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

As soon as you read it, you will understand why it has so many fans. You’ll probably want to take your own #PrimerSelfie to show it off. And don’t worry, every new copy comes signed by the author.

Reader-submitted photos- everyone is excited about their new book!

Thanks for taking a moment to check out this exciting Conservation Through Education project. The world needs more people to take an interest in these amazing animals. In fact, while you’re thinking about it- share this page with a friend. It’s not every day you find a labor of love like this one with 100% of the proceeds going directly to help the animals.

Still have questions? Check out these links or reach out to L.E.A.R.N. on Facebook! And don’t forget to join LIVE Snake Identification and Discussion to keep the learning going!

Read more reviews on the project landing page, or read the reviews on Amazon (all of them are five-star!).

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Herping!

“This is an unusually broad primer on the subject, with very readable, illustrated, page-long essays on nearly every issue imaginable, within the topic. It would make a great gift for that budding herpetologist that every family has, somewhere.” — Dr. Leslie V. Boyer; Professor Emerita of Pathology at The University of Arizona; Founding Director, VIPER Institute

On a budget? Check to see if we have some scuffed copies at a discount!

LeVar Burton holding his gifted copy of the Primer, photo by SuperHero Photos

Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.75 × 1.5 in

Micha R. Petty


Micha R. Petty


Joseph Mitchell, Ph.D.


Sean M. Perry, DVM; Andrew M. Durso, Ph.D.; Lori A. Neuman-Lee, Ph.D.; Sarah Phillips; Mike Van Valen; Spencer Greene, MD, MS, FACEP, FACMT


376 full-color

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Case (Smyth-sewn hardcover, round spine)


In the USA by Taylor Specialty Books


8.875" x 11"




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