Frogs and Toads of the World
With nearly 6,000 species currently identified, frogs and toads are the most familiar and abundant amphibians on the planet. Frogs and Toads of the World is a comprehensive guide to the natural history of this large and diverse group of creatures. Stunningly illustrated throughout with 200 color photographs, this one-of-a-kind book traces the evolution and classification of frogs and toads, providing detailed information about each of the 49 unique families and highlighting distinctive and notable species. It vividly describes their remarkable diversity in shape, color, and markings; anatomy and development; life cycle; habitats; the various methods they use to attract mates and hunt for food; and the physiological and behavioral tricks they use to survive and thrive around the world.
This indispensable guide also explores frogs' interaction with humans, from modern-day collection for the meat trade, scientific research, and the trade in exotic pets to how their survival is being threatened by habitat destruction, climate change, and disease.
- A comprehensive guide to the natural history of frogs and toads
- Features 200 stunning color photographs
- Covers each of the 49 unique frog families
- Describes anatomy, life cycle, habitats, survival tricks, and more
Chris Mattison is a natural history writer and photographer who specializes in reptiles and amphibians. His many books include The New Encyclopedia of Snakes (Princeton). His photography regularly appears in books and magazines throughout the world.