Frogs and toads have become canaries in the coal mine when it comes to conservation, as the discovery of malformed frogs has brought increased attention to global habitat loss, declining biodiversity, and environmental pollution. Midwestern species of frogs and toads—already declining due to habitat loss from agriculture—have been greatly affected by this worldwide phenomenon. VanDeWalle includes a complete description of each species along with distinguishing characteristics for three subspecies, information about range and habitat preferences, diet, types of calls, and breeding season.
Terry VanDeWalle has been researching reptiles and amphibians in the Midwest for more than twenty years. Author of Snakes and Lizards in Your Pocket: A Guide to Reptiles of the Upper Midwest (Iowa, 2010), he is a senior biologist with Stantec Consulting in Independence, Iowa. Wildlife photographer Suzanne Collins is an executive officer of the Center for North American Herpetology.
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