By: Ellin Beltz
175 pages, 125 col photos
Covers the history of the frog, its unique anatomical makeup, its place in the natural world, and threats that are seriously reducing its numbers. It includes all 31 families - even the rarest among them - allowing the reader to find more information about specific ones and to appreciate the range and diversity of this remarkable amphibian. And, yes, toads are covered, too.
Today, frogs are found on most islands around the world and on all the major continents except Antarctica. Frogs live from the warmest and wettest tropical lowlands to about 17,000 feet above sea level in the Himalayas. Some areas of Earth have more frogs than others, but frogs are true survivors. It profiles the remarkable range and spectacular world of an utterly fascinating creature. A special section on the myth and culture of frogs recounts their place in literature and art since the very beginning of recorded history.
A near perfect introduction to a world overview of these lively and attractive animals for anyone young or old.--Francis R. Coook, Research Emeritus, Canadian Museum of Nature"The Canadian Field Naturalist" (01/01/2009)
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