An appealing first look at snakes, lizards, crocodilians and turtles, from egg to adulthood, with a lively, informative text and 31 full-color photos that steal the show. Seven reptiles are described from birth (or hatching) to adulthood, including cobra, boa constrictor, sea turtle, alligator, and Gila monster. The big-eyed gopher tortoise at a few hours old, still sporting his egg tooth; a bright orange baby boa next to his huge, green mama; and a pair of toothy dwarf caimans playing piggyback are among the close-up photos of engaging babies. Format is unusually attractive, with wide margins and the striking use of red and black type and accent lines. A fine addition to the science section. Glossary, index.