Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia

ISBN-10: 0820331112

ISBN-13: 9780820331119

Edition: 2008

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Description: A hidden world of amphibians and reptiles awaits the outdoor adventurer in Georgia's streams, caves, forests, and wetlands.Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgiamakes accessible a wealth of information about 170 species of frogs, salamanders, crocodilians, lizards, snakes, and turtles. Throughout, the book stresses conservation, documenting declines in individual species as well as losses of local and regional populations.Color photographs are paired with detailed species accounts, which provide information about size, appearance, and other identifying characteristics of adults and young; taxonomy and nomenclature; habits; distribution and habitat; and reproduction and development. Typical specimens and various life stages are described, as well as significant variations in such attributes as color and pattern. Line drawings define each group's general features for easy field identification. Range maps show where each species occurs in Georgia county by county, as well as in the United States generally. State maps depict elevations, streams, annual precipitation, land use changes, physiographic provinces, and average temperatures.The book includes a checklist, a chart of the evolutionary relationships among amphibians and reptiles, a list of the top ten most reported species by major group, and a table summarizing the diversity of amphibians and reptiles in the state's five physiographic provinces.Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgiais an authoritative reference for students, professional herpetologists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, land managers, and amateur naturalists.Features: Nearly 500 color photographs 24 line drawings showing each group's defining features Almost 200 range maps detailing county-by-county distribution Detailed species accounts written by 54 regional experts providing information on size, appearance, and other identifying characteristics of adults and young; taxonomy and nomenclature; habits; distribution and habitat; and reproduction and development Introductory sections providing overviews of physiography, climate, and habitats of Georgia, the Georgia Herp Atlas Project, taxonomic issues, conservation, and herpetology as a science and a career A selection of frog and alligator vocalizations at www.ugapress.org/AmphibsAndReptiles

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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 7/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.938
Language: English

Mike Dorcas is an associate professor of biology at Davidson College and the author of several books on amphibians and reptiles. Whit Gibbons is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the author, coauthor, and coeditor of several books, most recently Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins. Gibbons and Dorcas coauthored three other books, Snakes of the Southeast, Frogs and Toads of the Southeast, and North American Watersnakes.

List of amphibian and reptile vocalizations
Counties of Georgia
Introduction
Amphibians
Frogs
Salamanders
Reptiles
Crocodilians
Worm lizards
Lizards
Snakes
Turtles
Species of possible Goergia occurrence
Glossary
Selected references for further study
Checklist of Georgia's amphibians and reptiles
Index of scientific names
Index of common names
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