Synopses & Reviews
Frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and the rare caecilians come in a stunning array of colors, shapes, sizes, and habitats. They live both in water and on land and move in a great variety of ways from swimming, to hopping, and even flying. With a series of specially commissioned photographs, Amphibian takes a close look at the fascinating natural history of these creatures from the bright green, red-eyed tree frogs to dull, burrowing, wormlike caecilians; from startling black and yellow fire salamanders to tiny transparent glass frogs. Discover the different habitats and life cycles in the world of frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders.
Examines the evolution, behavior, physical characteristics, and life cycle of all kinds of amphibians.
Table of Contents
What is an amphibian? -- Ancient amphibians -- Bare bones -- Importance of water -- Colors and markings -- Self-defense -- Fast food -- Hide and seek -- Senses and survival -- Leaps and bounds -- All fingers and toes -- Mating embraces -- Courtship displays -- Egg laying and parental care -- Metamorphosis -- Early days -- Frog or toad? -- Tailed amphibians -- Life in the trees -- Earth movers -- Poison-dart frogs and mantellas -- Friends and enemies -- Rare and endangered -- Conservation -- Did you know? -- Keeping amphibians as pets -- Find out more -- Glossary -- Index.