The Nature of Frogs

The Nature of Frogs

Amphibians With Attitude

Book - 2000
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Tiny and golden (in Brazil) to the relatively hefty Goliath in Africa, frogs come in a staggering assortment of forms and occupy virtually every type of habitat. The dazzling diversity of these creatures has led to their astounding success: of the 4000 species of amphibians alive today, over 3,500 are frogs, toads, or related tailless types known as anurans. Spectacular photographs and fascinating descriptions reveal every aspect of frogs: their marvelous Lycra-like skin; their long, strong legs that facilitate jumping; their relatively short life cycle; and the energy of their mating rituals, which include raucous calling, leaping, and waving. Frogs face dangers too: while the eggs and tadpoles are especially vulnerable, even the adults are a favorite delicacy of wading birds, snakes, and mammals. Also here are lively, passionate discussions of frogs' portrayal in myths and legends, the effects of pollution on their homes, and the triumph of amphibian monitoring programs in helping the population flourish.

"Stunning color photographs . . . introduce the animals in these well-designed natural histories. Close-ups...will invite readers to learn more...plenty of information....Along with descriptions are anecdotes of the animals' depiction in literature, myths and interesting tales of famous animals....For adults as well as younger readers."--Booklist. "A delight for the mind and the eye. Text is crisp and engaging; photographs are spectacular. Easy to imagine how the volume will capture the interests of those fascinated by animals....Highly readable."--SB&F.

Baker & Taylor
Introduces the habitat, behavior, and mating habits of frogs and provides information about how frogs have been described in literature and myth.

Publisher: Vancouver, [B.C.] ; New York : Greystone Books, c2000
ISBN: 9781550547610
Characteristics: ix, 102 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Frogs


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