160 pages, 92 colour & 6 b/w photos, 1 map, 5 tables
Known for its natural beauty, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is the largest inland peninsula in the United States. Consisting of 170,000 acres of forested and protected public land between Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River) and Lake Barkley (Cumberland River), this scenic sanctuary is visited by more than 1.4 million nature lovers annually and encompasses many diverse habitats, each supporting a particular community of plants and animals. Amphibians and Reptiles of Land Between the Lakes is your guide to some of the often-overlooked residents of this unique ecosystem. The authors offer detailed descriptions and stunning color photographs of the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes found in the region. Each entry includes the species' scientific and common names as well as information on its distribution, habitat, and natural history. An extensive glossary assists readers in identifying the animals. This handy reference illustrates the collective ecological effect that these underappreciated species have on the habitats in which they thrive. Whether you are a professional or backyard naturalist, Amphibians and Reptiles of Land Between the Lakes is an indispensable resource for understanding these fascinating creatures.
"This work clearly represents the culmination of several lifetime's worth of study of the amphibians and reptiles of the central United States and is likely to become a valuable addition to the literature of this region."
– Paul Hime, awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship for his work on amphibians of the region
"For those students who study the region this will be a book that of great importance."
– William E. Ellis, professor emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University and author of A History of Education in Kentucky
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David H. Snyder (1962-2004) was a professor of biology at Austin Peay State University, USA. The Museum of Zoology at Austin Peay is named in his honor. A. Floyd Scott is professor emeritus of biology at Austin Peay State University, USA. Edmund J. Zimmerer is professor emeritus of biology at Murray State University, USA. David Frymire has been a field researcher for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Murray State University, Austin Peay State University, and University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA.