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Author Pianka, Eric R.

Title The lizard man speaks / Eric R. Pianka.

Published Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press, 1994.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  597.95092 PIAN GA5    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 179 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 24 cm.
Series Corrie Herring Hooks series ; no. 26.
Corrie Herring Hooks series ; no. 26.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-[172]) and index.
Contents 1. Beginnings -- 2. Traveling -- 3. Lizarding -- 4. Lizard Natural History -- 5. History -- 6. Lost -- 7. Bush Flies -- 8. Bush Fires -- 9. Australian Aborigines -- 10. Kalahari and Namib -- 11. Events and Afterthoughts.
Summary 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 "lizarding" 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.
Subject Pianka, Eric R.
Zoologists -- United States -- Biography.
Aboriginal Australians.
Fire effects.
Arid regions.
Great victoria desert (s. aust. and w.a.)
South australia.
Western Australia.
ISBN 0292765525 (cloth)