Synopses & Reviews
This is our seventh set of Happy, Healthy Pet titles. These latest additions will bring our series up to fifty-five titles, and like the others, they are books pet owners can turn to for the essential information they need to raise a healthy pet. All books contain information on
- health care
- what to expect from the pet
- basic training
As our series expands and focuses on different kinds of pets, the emphasis remains on making the pet a companion. In addition, owners of more unusual pets will particularly appreciate the expert advice in these books because professional care for their animals may be difficult to come by. As always, the instruction is from experts -- people who know their pet intimately, but also remember what it was like to have one for the first time. Happy, Healthy Pet guides are rich with professional quality color photos and are designed to be enjoyable and easy to learn from.
Giving pet owners the information they need to take the best possible care of their pets.
At last, a book for frog and toad owners that provides complete information on how to keep these fascinating animals. You'll learn all you need to know about setting up the right kind of housing for your frog or toad—be it a terrestrial, aquatic or semiaquatic species. You'll also find out how to properly feed your pet, how to keep your frog or toad healthy, including proper house-cleaning, and how to handle your pet so that both of you remain in top condition. Best of all, this book provides a detailed discussion of over 50 species that are widely available in the U.S., with fabulous photographs of both the favorite pet species and of exotic frogs and toads from around the world. Info-packed sidebars make caring for your pet easy and enjoyable.
From a "common sense" approach to keeping frogs and toads to conservation concerns, Terry Gampper's extensive herp knowledge covers all the bases. Photos.
The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs—now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!
Frogs and toads are perennial favorite pets. They include easy-to-care for breeds and intriguing, exotic varieties. For both first-time pet owners and life-long hobbyists, frogs and toads can make fascinating pets, but it is essential to learn how to care for them properly. With colorful photos, charts, and tables, this guide covers the basics, including:
Choosing your frog or toad
Creating and maintaining your pet's new habitat
Feeding and caring for your frog or toad
Keeping your pet healthy
You'll also learn about the varieties of frogs and toads, and about their existence in the wild.
About the Author
Steve Grenardis an avid herpetologist with more than forty years of experience with amphibians and reptiles; he published a paper on the reproduction of the Marsupial Frog in 1958. In the summer of 2000, he published a controversial and widely debated review in Natural History Magazineon the possibility of American rattlesnake venoms evolving new properties. He is the author of several Howell Book House titles, including: Your Happy Healthy Pet: Bearded Dragon, An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet: The Lizard,and Amphibians: Their Care and Keeping.He is also the author of a number of scholarly medical and herpetological books, including Medical Herpetologyand Handbook of Alligators and Crocodiles,and is the author of Introduction to Respiratory Care,a best-selling text review of respiratory therapy. Steve is a board-certified respiratory therapist and polysomnographer and is the clinical coordinator of the Institute of Sleep Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York.
Table of Contents
Part I: All About Frogs and Toads.
Chapter 1: What Are Frogs and Toads?
So Many Frogs and Toads.
Classifying Frogs and Toads.
What’s the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad?
Chapter 2: Frog Anatomy.
Limbs and Locomotion.
Chapter 3: Choosing Your Frog or Toad.
Where to Get Your Frog or Toad.
Before You Bring Your Frog Home.
Choosing a Healthy Frog.
Wild Caught vs. Captive Bred.
Part II: Caring for Frogs and Toads.
Chapter 4: Housing Your Frog or Toad.
Terrariums for Land Dwellers.
Aquariums for Aquatic Frogs.
Aqua-Terrariums for Semiaquatic Frogs.
Like Water for Frogs.
Chapter 5: Feeding Your Frog or Toad.
How Much Food?
Chapter 6: Keeping Your Frog or Toad Healthy.
Life Span in Captivity.
Choosing a Veterinarian.
The Best Way to Avoid Problems.
Infectious Microbial Diseases.
Handling Frogs and Toads.
Froggy Dangers to People.
Part III: Frogs and Toads in Our World.
Chapter 7: The Variety of Frogs and Toads.
Disc or Flat-Tongued Frogs.
Poison Frogs as Pets.
Surinam Toads and African Clawed Frogs.
Chapter 8: Frogs and Toads in the Wild.
Size and Growth.
Reproduction in Frogs and Toads.
Hibernation and Aestivation.
Releasing Frogs and Toads into the Wild.
Frogs, Toads, and the Law.
Protecting Frogs and Toads.
Appendix: Learning More About Your Frog or Toad.
Some Good Books.
Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.
Shows, Expos, and Swap Meets.
Shopping on the Internet.