The Dragon Chronicles

Additional Web and Print Resources

ON THE WEB

Komodo Dragons

Scientific American: “The Komodo Dragon”

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-komodo-dragon

Scientific American: “Komodo Dragons’ Skillful Skulls” (Audio)
http://www.sciam.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=57A67227-95ED-7B15-C3880050A6F02814&sc=rss

Nature [the journal]: “Parthenogenesis in Komodo Dragons”

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7122/full/4441021a.html

Conservation, Research, and Organizations

Amphibians and Reptiles and Climate Change

http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/topics/amphibians-reptiles.shtml

Get more information about the effects of climate change on amphibian and reptile populations in this article by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Climate Change Resource Center.

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

http://www.ssarherps.org/

SSAR is the world’s largest international herpetological society, founded in 1958.

Crocodile Specialist Bank

http://iucncsg.org/

The Crocodile Specialist Bank is a worldwide network of people actively involved in the conservation of the world’s 23 living species of alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gharials in the wild.

Gharial Conservation Alliance

http://www.gharialconservation.org/

The Gharial Conservation Alliance is an international organization committed to conserving gharials.

Miami Serpentarium Laboratories

http://www.miamiserpentarium.com/

Check out the site for Bill Haast’s famous first venom research center, where Rom Whitaker got his start.

Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International

http://www.reptilesandamphibians.org/

Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International is a conservation and research organization striving to discover, document, and preserve the rich diversity of living reptiles and amphibians.

Romulus Whitaker

Madras Crocodile Bank

http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org/

This is the official site of Romulus Whitaker’s crocodile bank in India.

“Mystery of Crocs’ Massive Die-Off”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7755393.stm

This BBC article features Rom Whitaker and his work with gharials.

Hereford Mappa Mundi

Hereford Cathedral: Mappa Mundi

http://www.herefordcathedral.org/mappa_mappa.asp

Check out Hereford Cathedral’s Web site for more information about the Mappa Mundi that appears in The Dragon Chronicles.

Society for the History of Discoveries: “Making a Mappa Mundi: The Hereford Map”

http://www.sochistdisc.org/2002_articles/westrem.htm

IN PRINT

Bebler, John L. and King, F. Wayne (1979). The Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Freiberg, Dr. Marcos and Jerry Walls (1984). The World of Venomous Animals. New Jersey: TFH Publications.

Guggisberg, C.A.W. (1972). Crocodiles: Their Natural History, Folklore, and Conservation. Newton Abbot, David & Charles.

Neill, Wilfred (1971). The Last of the Ruling Reptiles: Alligators, Crocodiles, and Their Kin. Columbia University Press.

Ross, Charles (1989).  Crocodiles and Alligators.  Facts on File, Inc.

Whitaker, Romulus & Ashok Captain (2004). Snakes of India: The Field Guide. Draco Books.