comprehensive guide to this large, diverse and important group of animals. With more than 5,800 species currently identified, frogs and toads are the most familiar and most abundant amphibians on the planet.
From the smooth, damp animals that leap about to the warty species that tend to run or walk, author Chris Mattison describes the evolution and classification of frogs and toads, highlighting distinctive and notable species and providing detailed information about each of the 49 recognised families.
Discover their eventful life-cycle, diverse habitats and the various methods they use to attract mates and hunt for food. For example, did you know that many frogs swallow prey whole and then use the undersides of their eyeballs to help push the food down their throats?
The book 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 threatened by over-exploration, habitat destruction, climate change and disease.
Drawing on the latest research and the recently revised classification system, and illustrated with stunning colour photographs throughout, this guide will appeal to amateur naturalists and all those with an interest in the world of frogs and toads.
Hardback. 192 pages. Colour photographs throughout.