Robert Sprackland's Herpetology World


Books and CD-ROMs

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1.     2010. Pocket Expert Guide to Lizards: 300+ Essential Species for Ecotourists, Terrarium Keepers, and Armchair Naturalists. TFH Publications, Neptune, NJ.

2.     2009. Giant Lizards: The Definitive Guide to the Natural History, Care, and Breeding of Monitors, Iguanas, and Other Large Lizards. TFH Publications, NJ.

3.     2001. Guide to the Care and Maintenance of Savannah and Grasslands Monitors. AVS/Bowtie Press, Mission Viejo, CA.

4.     1998. Key to the Sharks and Rays of the World. The CURATOR Project. Young Forest Company, Belmont, CA.

5.     1998. Instructor: Teaching the Martial Arts. Young Forest Company.

6.     1995. Animals and Fishes in Aquaterrariums. TFH Publications, Neptune, NJ.

7.     1992. Giant Lizards. TFH Publications, Neptune, NJ. Translated into German as Gross Echsen, Bede Verlag, in September 1994.

8.     1977. All About Lizards. TFH Publications, Neptune, NJ.

Articles: Natural History

Papers describing new species are in green. Papers available in this site's "Documents" collection are underlined.

2010. True blue: blue-spotted monitors. Reptiles 18(7): 32-41.

2010. Savannah savvy. Reptiles 18(2): 32-41.

 2007. Peach-throat monitors. Reptiles 15(2): 40-47.

2007. ---And Teri Sprackland. Dutch Navy’s surrender to French Cavalry.  
Quarterly Journal of Military History 19(2): 74-83

2006. A Scientist Tells Why “Intelligent Design” Is NOT Science. The Education Digest, Jan.: 29.

2006. Darwin’s theory is a fact. Seattle Post-Intelligencer Thurs. January 19: B7.

2005. Toxic treasure. Natural History magazine, October: 40-45.

2005. Evolution in the classroom. American School Board Journal. November: 26-30.

2004.  ---And Teri Sprackland, and Daniel Diessner. Reptiles and mammals of Fitzroy Island, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 49(2): 733-739.

 2004. Mark O’Shea, R. Sprackland, and Ilaiah Bigilale. First record for the genus Antaresia (Squamata: Pythonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Herpetological Review 35(3): 225-227.

2003. Sampling Yathong’s reptiles. Reptiles 11(8): 42-51.

2003. Plants and animals of Fitzroy Island National Park. Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife informational brochure series.

2001. The reptiles of Fitzroy Island. Reptilia 15: 56-60.

2001. Lizards in paradise: Herpetofauna of Fitzroy Island, Australia. Reptiles 9(9): 8-16.

2001. Dwarf monitors. Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(10): 8-16.

2001. Antibiotics and oily parasites. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(9): 66-67.

2000. My first venomous snakebite. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(8):78-79.

2000. Eden revisited: Eve was not naïve and the snake was never there. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(7): 74-76.

 2000. The future of herpetology. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(6): 48-49.

  2000. The Reptiles of Fitzroy Island. VMNH Expedition Report, No. 1 (at January.

2001. Bring ‘em back alive-on film! “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(8): 82-83.

2001. You are what you eat…  choose very carefully. “Reptile Road,” Reptile &
Amphibian Hobbyist
6(7): 82-83.

2001. Two sides of a coin. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(6): 82-83.

2001. Great egg-spectations. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(5): 82-83.

2001. To the parents of a young herpetologist. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 36(2): 29-30.

2000. Beyond the price lists. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(4): 82-83.

2000. Herpetologists, wallabies, and a walkabout chainsaw. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(3): 82-83.

2000. Vacation time: Are we there yet? Are we getting back? “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(1): 82-83.

2000. Snakes with legs jog (theorists’ minds, that is). “Reptile Road,” Reptile &
Amphibian Hobbyist
5(11): 82-83.

2000. Australia Zoo Tour. Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(11): 38-45.

2000. High-tech, low touch, and the rise of reptiles. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(10): 82-83.

2000. Magnificent millennial monitor maintenance: a beginner’s guide to five easy species. Reptiles USA: 54-63.

2000. The great wasteland: Herpetology on TV and in the movies. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(9): 82-83.

2000. Pronunciation of scientific names. Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(8): 44-47.

2000. “Pssst.. hey, mate, wanna iguana?” Smuggling reptiles into Australia. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(5): 22-23.

1999. Are sympatric monitors speaking with forked tongues? Sympatry and tongue colour in sibling species of monitor lizards. Herpetofauna (Australia) 29(2): 65-70.

1999. Character displacement among sympatric species of Varanus: natural selection in action. Mertensiella 11: 113-120.

1999. Predators of the night: catsnakes and mangrove snakes. Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 5(4): 33-40.

1999. The basics of biological evolution. VMNH Web of Life Articles (at

1999. Bridges and gaps: a status report on herpetology and herpetoculture. The Vivarium 10(5): 37-39.

1999. Sarawak’s earless monitor lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis). Reptiles March: 72-79.

1999. Species, species everywhere: where do new species come from? The Vivarium 10(3): 7-38.

1999. The emerald monitor. Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 4(11): 8-16.

1999. Chameleons and cats and goats, oh my! "Reptile Road," Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist May: 20-21.

1999. A road less traveled. "Reptile Road," Reptile Hobbyist April: 10-11.

1999. A new species of monitor (Squamata: Varanidae) from Indonesia. Reptile Hobbyist 4(6): 20-27.

1998. Mangrove monitor lizards. Reptiles 5(3):48-63.

1998. --- And Geoffrey Swinney. A new species of giant gecko of the genus Tarentola from Jamaica. Journal of Zoology 245(1): 73-78.

 1998. Thireau, Michel, ---, and Teri Sprackland. A report on Seba's specimens in the herpetological collection of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, and their status as Linnean types. The Linnean 13(4): 38-45.

1998. Iguanids, iguanines, and drawing lines. The Vivarium 10(1): 24-26.

1997. Herpetological destination: Berlin. Reptile and Amphibian, May/June: 38-45.

1997. Forked tongues and Jacobson’s organ: is there a link? Bulletin of the San Diego Herpetological Society, May: 4-7.

1997. ---And H.M. Smith, and P.D. Strimple. Hydrosaurus gouldii Gray, 1838
(currently Varanus gouldii) and Varanus panoptes Storr, 1980 (Reptilia: Squamata): proposed conservation of the specific names by the designation of a neotype for H. gouldii. Case 3042. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 54(2):95-99.

1997.  --------------------------------------------. Varanus teriae Sprackland, 1991 (Reptilia: Squamata): proposed conservation of the specific name. Case 3043. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 54(2): 100-103.

 1997. ---And Geoffrey Swinney. The lizard collection of the National Museums of Scotland. Herpetological Review 28(3): 118-119.

 1996. California’s legless lizards. Reptile and Amphibian, July/Aug.: 119-123.

1996. The biology of the Chinese crocodile lizard in captivity. Reptilian 4(2):9-15.

 1996. Growing pains: living with reptiles. Reptiles 4(5):116.

1996. The most dangerous snake. San Diego Herpetological Society Newsletter 18(9): 1-3

1995. The emerald monitor, Varanus prasinus. Reptilian 4(2): 43-46.

1995.  Duméril’s monitor lizard. Reptiles 3(7): 56-69.

1995. Taxonomy: the making of scientific names. The Vivarium 6(4): 14-17.

1995. Halloween herptiles (about warning coloration). The Vivarium 6(2): 26-29.

1995. What is a species? Reptile and Amphibian, July/Aug.: 55-61.

1995. California’s legless lizards (genus Anniella). San Diego Herpetological Society Newsletter 17(5): 1-3.

1995. The French origins of herpetology. Reptile and Amphibian, Nov./Dec.: 82-89.

1995. The rocky origins of British herpetology. Reptile and Amphibian, March/April: 42-49.

1994. Australia’s bearded dragons. Reptiles 1(6): 44-53.

1994. Emerald monitors: lean, green, and rarely seen. Reptiles 1(5): 16-23.

1994. Jellyfish primer for the marine aquarist. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, May: 32-39.

1994. Herpetological explorations of New Guinea: discovering new life on the
mysterious island. Reptiles, 1(3): 60-67.

1994. The mangrove monitor group. San Diego Herpetological Society Newsletter 16(2): 1-3.

1994. Rediscovery and taxonomic review of Varanus indicus spinulosus. Herpetofauna (Australia), 24(2): 33-39.

1993.  The taxonomic status of the monitor lizard Varanus dumerilii heteropholis
Boulenger, (Reptilia: Varanidae). Sarawak Museum Journal 45(65): 113-121

1993. The Solomon Islands prehensile-tailed skink (Corucia zebrata). Reptiles 1(6): 24-28.

1993. Carnivorous lizards and their diet. The Vivarium 5(5): 12-14.

1993. A California Yankee visits the British Herpetological Society. The Vivarium 5(4): 8-9.

1993. Venomous lizards. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, June: 138-145.

1993. Rediscovery of a Solomon Islands monitor lizard (Varanus indicus spinulosus). The Vivarium 4(5): 25-27.

 1993. Husbandry and breeding of collared lizards. The Vivarium 4(4): 23-26.

1993. Etymology of varanid names. VaraNews 3(4): 3.

 1992. The status of varanid names changed since 1980. VaraNews 3(3): 6.

1992. Deep sea oddities: the flashlight fishes. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, November: 28-29.

1991. The emerald monitor lizard, Varanus prasinus. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, April: 110-114. (1992 Peninsula Press Club Award winning article, popular science category.)

1991. Alligator lizards. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, March: 136-140.

1991. The eels that aren’t: caecilians. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Feb.: 132-136.

1991. A myriad of monitors. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Jan.: 130-138.

1991. The origin and zoogeography of monitor lizards of the subgenus Odatria Gray (Sauria: Varanidae): a re-evaluation. Mertensiella, 2:240-252.

1990. Collared lizards. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Nov.: 104-119.

 1990. The Solomon Islands giant skink, Corucia zebrata. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Sept.: 20-31.

1990. Airborne herps. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, May: 80-88.

1990. News from the world of geckos. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, April:64-73.

1990. Report on a field trip to southern Idaho. Northern California Herpetological Society Newsletter 9(6): 3-6.

1990. College herpetology: is it for you? Northern California Herpetological Society Newsletter 9(1): 14-15.

1989. The Chinese crocodile lizard. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Oct.:102-109.

1989. An enigmatic dragon brought to light: the Chinese crocodile lizard in captivity. The Vivarium 2(2): 12-24.

1989. Endangered species and placing blame: what statistics say about the real causes of animal extinctions. The Vivarium 1(4): 40-44.

1989. Taxonomic review of the Varanus prasinus group with descriptions of two new species. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 30(3):561-576.

1989. A preliminary study of food discrimination in monitor lizards (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Varanidae). Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society, 25(10): 181-183.

1983. Varanus “monitor”, an invalid name for Varanus bengalensis. Herpetological Review, 13(4):117.

 1983. Typhlonectes compressicaudus (aquatic caecilian) reproduction. Herpetological Review 13(3): 18.

1989. Notes on Duméril’s monitor lizard, Varanus dumerilii (Schlegel). Sarawak Museum Journal, 1976: 287-291.

 1972. A summary of observations of the earless monitor, Lanthanotus borneensis. Sarawak Museum Journal, 1972: 323-327.

 1971. Further notes on Lanthanotus. Sarawak Museum Journal, 18(36-37): 412-413.

1982. Feeding and nutrition of monitor lizards in captivity and in the wild. Bulletin of the Kansas Herpetological Society 47: 15-18.

1980. Notes on Storr’s dwarf spiny-tailed monitor. Bulletin of the Kansas Herpetological Society 40: 7-9.

 1972. Habits of Lygosoma laterale (Say). Bulletin of the Philadelphia Herpetological Society 20: 23-24.

1972. A population of Plethodon cinereus (Amphibia: Caudata) in Jackson, NewJersey. Bulletin of the Philadelphia Herpetological Society 20: 25-27.

1999. Sprackland, Teri and -------. A Collection of Translations of Type Descriptions of Monitor Lizards. Part 1, Varanus indicus and its Allies (Reptilia: Varanidae). Lizard Biology (online at 1(1).

 1999. Diessner, Dan and ----------. The Virtual Museum of Natural History at Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 35(10): 244-245.

 2000. Bayless, Mark and ------. The taxonomy of Africa’s savannah and Capemonitor lizards. Part 2. Reptiles 8(7): 40-47.

 2000. Bayless, Mark and ------. The taxonomy of Africa’s savannah and Cape monitor lizards. Part 1. Reptiles 8(6): 76-85.

1997. ------ And Sean McKeown. Herpetology and herpetoculture as a career. Reptiles 5(4):32-47.

 1995. ------ And Sean McKeown. The path to a career in herpetology. The Vivarium 6(1):22-34.           

1992. ------ And Hans-Georg Horn. The importance of the contributions of amateurs to herpetology. The Vivarium 4(1):36-38.

 2000. Conductive plastics open up new possibilities. Nikkei Electronics Asia, December: 56.

 2000. Murphy’s law of conservation. “Reptile Road,” Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist 6(2): 82-83.

 1999. Moore's law got you down? High Technology Careers 16(5): 17-18.

 1997. Sprackland, Teri and -------. Moore’s “law” repealed. Nikkei Electronics
August: 28.

1995. Prophet and gloss: an interview with Wayne Hill. The Vivarium 6(1): 14-40.

 1992.  The new sound of music. (Computer/electronic music.) Paul Masson Summer Series Magazine. Pp. 59-60.

 1992. Big stakes: On the job strategies. (Successfully starting a start-up.) High
Technology Careers

 1992. The management crisis: On the job strategies. (Engineer-to-management
failures.) High Technology Careers

 1990. Disney imagineering, where dreams and technology meet. Professional Careers Magazine, Sept/Oct.: 5-8.

 1990. AST Research: a leading competitor in the global computer market.
Professional Careers Magazine, July/Aug.: 6-8.


Chapters in Books

2008. Why we must promote proper science in science classes. In: Wm. Chafe,
H. Sitkoff, and B. Bailey: A History of Our Time, pp. 482-484. Oxford University Press

 1991. The biology of the Chinese crocodile lizard in captivity. In: Northern California Captive Propagation and Husbandry Conference Proceedings, 1991:45-53.

 1989. Captive maintenance of green tree monitors (Varanus prasinus) and their kin. In: Northern California Captive Propagation and Husbandry Conference Proceedings, 1989: 49-56.

 1989. Mating and waiting: a status report on reproduction in captive monitor
lizards  (Sauria: Varanidae). In: Northern California Captive Propagation and Husbandry Conference Proceedings, 1989: 57-63.