"Somma has done a phenomenal job of sifting an enormous literature, done so with a critical eye, and has produced a summary that will be immensely useful to everyone interested in the evolution of vertebrate life histories."--Harry W. Greene, Professor and Curator, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University.
"This high-quality hardbound reference book is an
in-depth survey of documented parental care of offspring in tuataras, turtles, worm lizards, lizards, and snakes--reptile groups in which the display of such behavior is considered relatively unusual." -- Steven Winchell, Reptilia, Number 30, October 2003
"If you are involved in any form of research into reptile behaviour or wish to know where to find detailed information about a particular species, then this book could well prove invaluable." -- Dave Arnold, The
Herptile, 29:1, March 2004
"When ever I see a book like this, I see a true labor of love by the author responsible. All of us who are involved with reptiles, amphibians, and turtles in any fashion will benefit from having this work in their libraries. The amount of information presented is truly amazing considering the reasonable price. This book is recommended to all AZA institutions." -- Thane Johnson, Library News for Zoos and Aquariums, March 2005