This reprint edition of the classic work by Edgar R. Waite was issued by special arrangement with the Second World Congress of Herpetology and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Waite's book remains the only complete treatment of the
herpetofauna of any Australian state. It was a significant and extremely ambitious publication of international quality that was produced for a limited, local readership; it is a valuable reference book even today. This paperback version of the Commemorative Edition (issued for the Second World Congress of Herpetology in Adelaide, Australia - December 29, 1993 to January 6, 1994) includes a new introduction by Michael H. Tyler, University of Adelaide, and Mark Hutchinson, South Australian
Museum, as well as a listing of Waite's scientific names and the current nomenclature for definition. This work contains 192 text figures, including numerous black and white photographs and a color plate of Waite's 1893 original watercolor drawing, "Illustrations of Frogs."