Frogs and Toads

Chris Mattison

Explore every aspect of the lives of frogs and toads with this comprehensive and stunningly illustrated reference book.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09262 7
Format:
Hardback
Price:
£20.00
Published:
April 2011
Size:
253 x 192 mm
Extent:
192 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Frogs and Toads is a comprehensive guide to this large, diverse and important group of animals. With more than 5,800 species currently identified, frogs and toads are the most familiar and most abundant amphibians on the planet. 

From the smooth, damp animals that leap about to the warty species that tend to run or walk, Chris Mattison describes the evolution and classification of frogs and toads, highlighting distinctive and notable species and providing detailed information about each of the 49 recognised families. 

He describes their eventful life-cycle, diverse habitats and the various methods they use to attract mates and hunt for food. For example, did you know that many frogs swallow prey whole and then use the undersides of their eyeballs to help push the food down their throats?

The book also explores frogs’ interaction with humans, from modern day collection for the meat trade, scientific research and the trade in exotic pets, to how their survival is threatened by over-exploration, habitat destruction, climate change and disease.

Drawing on the latest research and the recently revised classification system, and illustrated with stunning colour photographs throughout, this guide will appeal to amateur naturalists and all those with an interest in the world of frogs and toads.

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About the author

Chris Mattison is a natural history writer and photographer who specialises in reptiles and amphibians. He has written and illustrated over 20 books, mostly on the natural history of reptiles and amphibians and their responsible care and breeding in captivity.

His photography regularly appears in books and magazines throughout the world, and he has been a runner-up in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – the international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. 

He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society for a presentation of 20 photographs of reptiles and amphibians.

Reviews

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"The latest titles in this outstanding series from London’s Natural History Museum live up to the high standards of their predecessors. The experts’ easy to follow text explains everything from how bat echolocation works to the hydrastatic muscles in a frog’s tongue, and is matched with well-chosen photos, charts, diagrams and illustrations."

Review of Bats and our Frogs and Toads book - BBC Wildlife Magazine

"…the photos illustrate a huge amount of content about rare or novel species, interesting frog behaviours and their unique adaptations… I would highly recommend this visually stunning and informative book for anyone interested in frogs."

Explore - magazine of the Australian Museum

"Highly readable and beautifully illustrated"

Surrey Nature Magazine

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