Recommended Reading


We’d like to suggest a few books and papers that will give a good background to your expedition.

On Indigo Expeditions we welcome people with a wide range of experience levels, from professional herpetologists to amateur enthusiasts. Training is always provided and help given where needed, so in theory you need come armed only with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

We also feel a certain amount of background information will enhance the whole experience and give expedition volunteers a more rewarding time. This of course helps us out as the more knowledge we have collectively within a group the easier it becomes to correctly identify and record the species we find.

With this in mind we’d like to suggest a few books and papers that will give a good background to your expedition, enable you to begin identifying animals in the field and, importantly, not break the bank!

  • The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas. Jay M.Savage.
  • Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. Harry Greene.
  • Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity. Eric Pianka and Laurie Vitt.
  • Read a review HERE
  • A Field Guide To The Amphibians and Reptiles Of The Maya World: The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize. Julian C.Lee.
  • Read a review HERE
  • A Biological Assessment of Laguna Del Tigre National Park, Peten, Guatemala. Conservation International & CONAP.
  • Pdf can be downloaded HERE
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatan, and Belize. Jonathan A.Campbell
  • Snakes of United States and Canada. Ernst and Ernst
  • A Guide to the Frogs and Toads of Belize. John R.Meyer and Carol Farneti Foster
  • Read a review HERE

Also check out

  • Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles. Wilson, Townsend and Johnson
  • Timber, Tourists, and Temples: Conservation And Development In The Maya Forest Of Belize Guatemala And Mexico. Primack et al.
  • The Snakes of Honduras. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. SSAR. Utah. McCranie, J. R. 2011.
  • The Amphibians of HondurasSSAR. Utah. McCranie, J. R. and  L.D. Wilson. 2002.

Read book reviews!

Review: Journey to meet the Jaguar!

Our passion covers all aspects of wildlife in and around the jungles, rivers, swamps and beaches of Guatemala. Some of my most memorable wildlife experiences have been chance encounters with birds and mammals in the forests surrounding Estacion Biologicas Las...

Travelling to Guatemala and beyond!

In a slight departure from the norm, we are going to look now at books that don’t feature amphibians or reptiles! One of the pleasures in travelling can be the anticipation and excitement leading up to a trip as you think about your plans and routes and a good guide...

Digging deeper. Timber, Tourists & Temples

There are many ways to appreciate a tropical forest; the beauty of the environment and the sheer diversity surrounding you are immediately apparent and remain in the mind long after you’ve returned home. For many people, especially on a first visit, this is enough –...

Anecdotes & tails. Of herps & habitats.

This time we’ll be focussing on a book that has been around for quite a while but has lots of relevant information and a really nice feel to it, being written in a relaxed manner but still packing in plenty of facts. The book is ‘Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern...

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