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Amphibians: Their Care and Keeping [Hardcover]

Steve Grenard


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Book Description

Jan. 14 1999
The popularity of exotic pets is soaring, including the number of homes with frogs, toads and salamanders. These fascinating but delicate creatures have special dietary and housing needsthis book covers all the care issues for the most widely-kept species. Also included is insightful background on the evolution and ecology of amphibians, the special niche they fill in the environment, and the many myths that have grown around frogs, toads and salamanders. (You will not, in fact, get warts from picking up a toad.) Filled with over 100 eye-popping photographs of colorful amphibians from around the world, this book will be a must-have for lovers of exotic animals.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (Jan. 14 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876051379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876051375
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best I've seen, and I've seen a lot May 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
amphibian-care books, especially newt and salamander books, tend to be vague and unhelpful, telling me little I didn't know. This book, however, is what I've been looking for, especially to recommend to new newt owners who complain that they haven't been able to find a helpful book in this admittedly sparse field. It's got a lot of information for beginners, and stuff that, though fascinating, is often left out of books about newts -- for example, a summary of the evolutionary history and fossil record of amphibians. The list of mail-order food supply houses is particularly helpful for those without easy access to waxworms and frozen pinkies.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amphibians: Their Care and Keeping May 3 2001
By Cassandra Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The word amphibian comes from the Greek words meaning two lives. Amphibians are animals that, with only a few exceptions, spend part of their life in water, and part on land. Scientists so far have identified more than 4,500 species of amphibians. Frogs are probably the best-known amphibians.
Steve Grenard's latest book, Amphibians: Their Care and Keeping, is an essential reference for anyone interested in these fascinating creatures. Grenard is a herpetologist with more than thirty years experience with amphibians.
He starts with the evolutionary history of amphibians, a story that "began some 350 million years ago during the Devonian period." Today, they're the "most numerous of all living vertebrates, [and] have adapted to virtually every climatic and geographic locale, save for full-strength sea-water."
Grenard then describes the biology of amphibians, explaining how they eat, sleep, and reproduce. He also explains how they defend themselves against predators. He devotes one chapter to taxonomy, listing the three orders of amphibians: limbless (cecillians); tailed (salamanders and newts); and tailless (frogs and toads).
The second section of the book describes how to care for captive amphibians. He starts with how to chose the best animal and where you can find healthy specimens. He then provides information on how to provide the best home for your pet. He says that "amphibians are primarily for display, study and exhibit purposes--they should not be handled any more than is absolutely necessary." He describes the procedures to follow when handling is required, such as when cleaning the cage.
Most amphibians eat live foods. Grenard explains food preferences and offers tips on obtaining the correct foods. He also describes good health care, both to prevent a diseased pet, and the transmission of disease from animal to human.
He finishes with a discussion of conservation and legal protection. Some amphibians are already extinct, and others are endangered. Grenard also incudes listings of resources in the appendices, including national and international societies, finding a knowledgeable veterinarian, and habitat and equipment suppliers.
Amphibians: Their Care and Keeping is a must-have book for anyone contemplating sharing their home with these creatures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for anyone contemplating an amphbian pet. July 5 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The word amphibian comes from the Greek words meaning two lives. Amphibians are animals that, with only a few exceptions, spend part of their life in water, and part on land. Scientists so far have identified more than 4,500 species of amphibians. Frogs are probably the best-known amphibians. Steve Grenard's latest book, Amphibians: Their Care And Keeping, is an essential reference for anyone interested in these fascinating creatures. Grenard is a herpetologist with more than thirty years experience with amphibians. He starts with the evolutionary history of amphibians, a story that "began some 350 million years ago during the Devonian period." Today, they're the "most numerous of all living vertebrates, [and] have adapted to virtually every climatic and geographic locale, save for full-strength sea-water." Grenard then describes the biology of amphibians, explaining how they eat, sleep, and reproduce. He also explains how they defend themselves against predators. He devotes one chapter to taxonomy, listing the three orders of amphibians: limbless (cecillians); tailed (salamanders and newts); and tailless (frogs and toads). The second section of the book describes how to care for captive amphibians. He starts with how to chose the best animal and where you can find healthy specimens. He then provides information on how to provide the best home for your pet. He says that "amphibians are primarily for display, study and exhibit purposes--they should not be handled any more than is absolutely necessary." He describes the procedures to follow when handling is required, such as when cleaning the cage. Most amphibians eat live foods. Grenard explains food preferences and offers tips on obtaining the correct foods. He also describes good health care, both to prevent a diseased pet, and the transmission of disease from animal to human. He finishes with a discussion of conservation and legal protection. Some amphibians are already extinct, and others are endangered. Grenard also incudes listings of resources in the appendices, including national and international societies, finding a knowledgeable veterinarian, and habitat and equipment suppliers. Amphibians: Their Care And Keeping is a must-have book for anyone contemplating sharing their home with these creatures.
Sandra I. Smith Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good Oct. 23 2013
By smurfrider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's an older book (1999) and some of the information may be outdated. It is well written and covers things the newer books don't even touch.

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