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Reptile Books

Postby Krypton » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:23 pm

I’m curious about good books about bearded dragons that are informative and as up-to-date as possible. I work at a library and discovered our copy of The Bearded Dragon Manual is no longer in the collection. I have a personal copy at home and feel it’s pretty helpful (or at least was...it’s been awhile since I’ve read it and realized it was written in 2001!!). Are there others out there that might be better for our collection? I informed a patron of this site, so hopefully that will help in the meantime.

I’m also hoping to get some books on other popular reptiles as well, such as Leopard Geckos (think pets kids are likely to get). If anyone knows any good books, can you let me know? Thanks!
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Re: Reptile Books

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:18 pm

Krypton wrote:I’m curious about good books about bearded dragons that are informative and as up-to-date as possible. I work at a library and discovered our copy of The Bearded Dragon Manual is no longer in the collection. I have a personal copy at home and feel it’s pretty helpful (or at least was...it’s been awhile since I’ve read it and realized it was written in 2001!!). Are there others out there that might be better for our collection? I informed a patron of this site, so hopefully that will help in the meantime.

I’m also hoping to get some books on other popular reptiles as well, such as Leopard Geckos (think pets kids are likely to get). If anyone knows any good books, can you let me know? Thanks!


The newest version of The Bearded Dragon Manual, rewritten by Terri Sommella, is definitely a good go-to book; I have the original version, and found the update much more reader-friendly. Here are some kids' reptile books I have in my classroom, or plan to order in the near future.

I Want a Bearded Dragon and I Want a Leopard Geckoby Tristan Pulsifer
Bearded Dragons by Phillip Purser
Leopard Geckos by Gerald Merker

There was also a very popular book in my classroom called Popular Lizards - but it has vanished from my shelves (sigh - the risks of having a classroom library) and is now apparently out of print, which is a shame as it was an excellent book for younger readers.
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Re: Reptile Books

Postby Krypton » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:37 pm

Thank you! I see now that the updated Brarded Dragon Manual one. :)
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Re: Reptile Books

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:38 pm

A Guide to Health and Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians
by Robert Johnson and Dr. Brendan Carmel
ISBN:9780987244703

A Guide to Australian Dragons in Captivity
by Dr. Danny Brown
ISBN: 9780975820056

A Guide to Australian Lizards in Captivity
by Dr. Danny Brown
ISBN-10 0987244795

The above are all very thorough .

The Bearded Dragon Manual
Philippe De Vosjoli
ISBN: 1882770595

I have others but these are my go-to refs for anything bearded dragon.

A nice beginners book I'd recommend is
Bearded Dragon - Your Happy Healthy Pet
By: Steve Grenard
ISBN-13 9781630260231


Recently ordered and waiting for these to arrive in the mail.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia
CSIRO Publishing; Updated edition (1 October 2018)
by Prof.Harold G. Cogger
ISBN-10: 1486309690

Dragon Lizards of Australia - Evolution, Ecology and a Comprehensive Field Guide
Melbourne Museum Publishing (2019)
By: Jane Meville, Steve Wilson
ISBN: 9781921833496

If you add these to your library collection, you wont see much change from $1000.
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