This guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the entire Japanese archipelago is written for both amateur and professional herpetologists. It lists and describes all known species, giving the
most currently accepted scientific name, Japanese name, meaning of Japanese name, description for identification, range, and ways of distinguishing similar species. All species are illustrated with one or more
color photographs suitable for identification. The bibliography includes the few treatises in English and the major books in Japanese containing understandable illustrations.