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In the age of the internet, we may think that books have no place in our hobby anymore, but that is not the case. 

Whilst websites are a valuable source of information, and often the first source of information when we approach researching our first newt, there are many specialised books written with care that cover the Caudata ecology, behaviour, biology and keeping.

These books are must haves for your bookshelf.

Salamanders and Newts of the World

The Third Edition of the Caudata encyclopedia by Jean Raffaelli, for the first time in English and covering all known Species.

A must have for Caudata enthusiasts.

Threatened Newts and Salamanders Vol.3

The third book of this amazing series.

The book covers breeding advice for 23 newts and salamanders species.

Threatened Newts and Salamanders Vol.2

My personal favourite book.

The book covers breeding advice for 20 newts and salamanders species as well as a chapter on diseases of tailed-amphibians by Dr. med. vet. Frank Mutschmann.

An absolute must have. 

Threatened Newts and Salamanders

The book covers breeding advice for 23 newts and salamanders species and has extensive information on natural habitats and captive breeding.

It cannot miss from your library.

The Genus Triturus

The Genus Trituruss includes detailed information on the natural habitats of all species and their biology. 

Captive breeding is shown in differents variants using a large number of photographs. 

Keeping newts in outdoor enclosures is especially emphasized.

A Bible for all Triturus keepers. 

The Genus Salamandra

This book describes literally every aspect related to Salamandra.

The natural history is described in detail and a focus (one beside others) is set on conservation breeding, an aspect that becomes more and more important).

Since the authors’ fascination for these beautiful tailed amphibians primarily results from the unexceptional morphological variety, this aspect is a major part of the book and described by a compilation of the best photographs available.

Crocodile Newts

This monograph presents the crocodile newts, a group of primitive salamanders, of Asia, covering the genera Echinotriton and Tylototriton.

It features information about biology and systematics, but also about husbandry of these amphibians.

New species of this genus are described every year, making this book not the most up to date, but it remains the best book on these genuses, and a must have if you want to keep Tylototriton.

Anfibi e Rettili di Sardegna

This book covers all the species of amphibian and reptiles found in Sardinia with hundreds of beautiful photos in nature. 

For every species a distribution map, taxonomic notes, diagnostic characters, ecology, biology and conservation issues are given.

A must have if you have an interest in the Herpetofauna of Sardinia.

Geotritoni d’Italia

Cave Salamanders of Italy is aimed at showing multiple aspects of these peculiar Urodeles’ morphology and biology. 

For the first time, the illustrations provided not only show the gender of the species, but also morphs, sub-adults, and juveniles.

The written content, didactic with regards to the species, gives a most up-to-date picture about biological features, also covering the natural general history of such a fascinating group of amphibians in a concise and accurate manner.

Girini d’Italia

Tadpoles of Italy is contributes to the recognition and biology of larval stages of Italian Anurans. 

The book’s framework is built on two fundamental resources: an innovative iconography combining scientific accuracy and aesthetically pleasing images on the one hand, and a synthetic text offering an updated overview of the ecology and behaviour of Anuran larvae, on the other.

A must have to correctly identify italian tadpoles in the field. 

Les Urodèles du Monde

Les Urodèles du Monde is a veritable encyclopedia on the salamanders of the world and describes in detail all species and subspecies in the groups of newts and salamanders. 

This second edition updates the previous version from 2007 and present a detailed study of some 850 species and subspecies of Urodela, following an extended period of important bibliographical work and many personal observations by the author both in the field and in captivity.

The author has personal experience in captive rearing more than a quarter of the species present on the surface of the globe, making this a valuable resource of insights.

Salamanders: Keeping and Breeding

In this generously illustrated and praxis-orientated guidebook, a team of experienced keepers and breeders describes in detail the basics of successful keeping and breeding your tailed amphibians.

In more than 60 species accounts of newts, salamanders and even caecilians, the authors discuss individual particulars and point out what you must be aware of.

Salamanders and Newts of Europe, North Africa and Western Asia

Portraying the tailed amphibians of Europe, North Africa, and western Asia, this is the first volume of the Terralog series to be dedicated to a group of amphibians. 

Over and above a representative photographic overview, Salamanders and Newts of Europe, North Africa and Western Asia provides photographs of eggs, larvae and juveniles as well as illustrations of different natural habitats, as well as forty-two distribution maps.

Salamanders of the Old World

Published in cooperation between KNNV and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Salamanders of the Old World is a new in-depth reference work covering all the salamander species of Europe, Asia, and North Africa. 

A marvellous addition for the herp community that comes recommended for researchers, managers, conservationists, students, and salamander enthusiasts.

A very good addition to your bookshelf.

Salamanders of the United States and Canada

This comprehensive volume describes the ecology, evolution, biodiversity, behavior, and natural history of 127 recognized species of salamanders, from newts and sirens to waterdogs and hellbenders.

Drawing on more than 2100 research publications, the book includes detailed life history accounts, nearly 500 black-and-white and color photographs, identification keys for larvae as well as adults, and up-to-date distribution maps.

Salamanders of the Southeast

This guide describes 102 species of salamanders occuring in the Southeastern USA and includes details of the distribution, habitat, behavior and activity, reproduction, food and feeding, predators and defense, conservation, and taxonomy.

Each entry is accompanied by colour photos illustrating variations and distribution maps.

While not as complete as Salamanders of the United States and Canada, it has an up to date nomenclature.