Did you know there are 77 kinds of snakes, frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, and even lizards in the Western Great Lakes States? This includes two species of rattlesnakes. Herpetologist Allen Blake Sheldon introduces all 77 species and subspecies, and he teaches you how to identify them. Hundreds of full-colour photos and detailed illustrations help to ensure that you make accurate identifications, and useful text – including the author's nature notes – familiarize you with these fascinating critters.
- All 77 species of herps found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan
- An innovative format that makes field identification a snap
- Detailed life cycle illustrations
- Comparison charts of turtle hatchlings, frog tadpoles, and salamander larvae
- Detailed range maps for all species
- More than 250 colour photos
The Upper Midwest is a great place to find, learn about, and identify reptiles and amphibians. This is the perfect guide to help you do it.
Allen Blake Sheldon, called “Blake” by family and friends, lives in Trempealeau, Wisconsin, where he roams the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, and Perrot State Park. His enjoyment of amphibians and reptiles began early, with herpetology becoming a major interest during eighth grade. He received a BA in biology from Winona State University, studied Spotted Turtles in Maryland and taught high school biology.
He has been seriously photographing amphibians, reptiles, and other wildlife for over 40 years, mostly in Minnesota and Wisconsin but also in North Carolina, Florida, the Southwest, and Belize. His photos have appeared in National Wildlife, National Geographic, Natural History, Wildlife Conservation, Sierra, Defenders, Audubon, and many other magazines, books, and calendars. He has promoted interest in and understanding of amphibians and reptiles by writing articles for magazines and by presenting programs for environmental and photography groups.