. . . snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians are scrutinized and compared for the benefit of incipient herpatologists. The habitats of reptiles are treated here; crocodiles call home a hollow in an earthwork mound which they construct of flora and fauna. Mating customs, too -- turtles lay eggs for years after one mating,- are described, with attention to longevity, diet, reptile distribution in various parts of the world, and tips on the capture of snakes and turtles. The author points out that the combatative nature of snakes is greatly exaggerated. Most snakes are bluffers, rattling, hissing, waving their tails, but generally eschewing attack. While this is not a collegiate reference on the subject, it does represent a comprehensive detailed presentation of readable and informative material on the life patterns of the predominant reptiles.