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Frogs: A Wildlife Handbook [Paperback]

Kim Long
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May 1 1999 Johnson Nature
Frogs are some of the most common animals in North American ecosystems. Seen and heard in a wide variety of watery environments, their calls can evoke a sense of wilderness even in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. A combination field guide, fact book, and folklore collection, "Frogs: A Wildlife Handbook" is a unique and practical guide to these amazing creatures. Fully illustrated, this comprehensive work examines their behavior, biology, and the characteristics of individual species, providing an accurate, informative portrait of frogs in their natural surroundings.

Topics covered include full-color identification of all 66 species with permanent breeding status in North America, including treefrogs, chorus frogs, and exotic species introduced from other areas. Other topics include anatomy, favorite foods, reproduction, advertisement calls, feeding habits, preferred habitats, predations, natural range, vision, hearing, and locomotion.

No study of frogs should be complete without a look at their relationship to human cultures throughout history. Around the world, people have worshiped them, hunted them for food, cultivated superstitions about them, and used them in magic rituals. A special emphasis is placed on the native cultures of North America. As a practical resource for both the backyard and the field, "Frogs" will appeal to wildlife lovers, educators, and students fascinated with the mystery of these magnificent amphibians.


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Kim Long specializes in finding the fascinating in the familiar. His many books and publications include four prior titles in the Johnson Nature Series—"Owls," "Hummingbirds," "Wolves," and "Squirrels"—as well as "The Moon Book" and the "Moon Calendar." He lives in Denver.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Know the Frog in Your Backyard May 13 2003
Format:Paperback
Chasing northern leopard frogs and spring peepers is a worthy pastime for kids. I discovered this when I was six at a lake in southwestern Michigan when I brought home an unexpected new pet from a duck pond. "Frogs: A Wildlife Handbook" is a great guide for moms and dads to help sort through what Junior brings home from his adventures.
This handbook provides the Latin name, a description, habitat, size and vocal call of each listed frog. There's a watercolor illustration of the frog, and a map of what range that frog has. You can know for sure if your find is truly a leopard frog.
More than a mere species descriptor, we read about the anatomy of frog types. Excellent diagrams of their skeletal structure, of how their tongues grab insects in mid-air, and of a tadpole metamorphosis are all highlights.
Predators and disease have their own chapters, and are worth reading. This helps put science (for nonscientists) behind the news about environmental concerns, as well as direct landowners through what's going on in their ponds.
On the fun side, we get a list of other languages' terms for 'frog'. In Hungary, you'll learn it is 'béka,' in Gaelic, 'losgann,' and in Hmong, a frog is called 'hma'.
I've read dozens of frog books for grown-ups and children, and am pleased to have read this one. While a six year-old might be overwhelmed with this one, he'll enjoy the pictures and grow into it. Everyone else will find it a useful guide for knowing one frog from another.
Anthony Trendl
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best, most concise field guide to frogs I've ever read! May 29 2000
By Deborah L. Krohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Kim Long's handbook on frogs is exactly what you need if you're looking for any type of information on frogs. I've read a lot about frogs before this book, but nothing has given such a broad variety of topics in such a straight-forward fashion. I've learned so much about this fascinating species from these pages. Trust me, you can't go wrong with this great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Know the Frog in Your Backyard May 13 2003
By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Chasing northern leopard frogs and spring peepers is a worthy pastime for kids. I discovered this when I was six at a lake in southwestern Michigan when I brought home an unexpected new pet from a duck pond. "Frogs: A Wildlife Handbook" is a great guide for moms and dads to help sort through what Junior brings home from his adventures.

This handbook provides the Latin name, a description, habitat, size and vocal call of each listed frog. There's a watercolor illustration of the frog, and a map of what range that frog has. You can know for sure if your find is truly a leopard frog.

More than a mere species descriptor, we read about the anatomy of frog types. Excellent diagrams of their skeletal structure, of how their tongues grab insects in mid-air, and of a tadpole metamorphosis are all highlights.

Predators and disease have their own chapters, and are worth reading. This helps put science (for nonscientists) behind the news about environmental concerns, as well as direct landowners through what's going on in their ponds.

On the fun side, we get a list of other languages' terms for 'frog'. In Hungary, you'll learn it is 'béka,' in Gaelic, 'losgann,' and in Hmong, a frog is called 'hma'.

I've read dozens of frog books for grown-ups and children, and am pleased to have read this one. While a six year-old might be overwhelmed with this one, he'll enjoy the pictures and grow into it. Everyone else will find it a useful guide for knowing one frog from another.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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