Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1565250024
ISBN-10: 1565250028
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Extension; 1st edition (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565250028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565250024
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Michigan is not a state that is well-known for its amphibians, but we do have an abundance of frogs, and a lesser number of toads and salamanders.

"Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders" is a well-organized, well-written, and well-illustrated color guide for Michiganders who are interested in their natural surroundings. I picked up a copy when my husband and I became curious about the little gray frogs that clung to our windows during the summer nights, and ate the bugs that were attracted to our lights.

Then my husband found a couple of these frogs in the leaf litter that he was cleaning out of our gutters this fall, and we wondered where they normally spent the winter.

This book answers the question of where gray treefrogs hibernate during our Michigan winters--leaf litter or rotted wood--and also how they are able to survive subfreezing temperatures: they produce a natural antifreeze in their bodies.

Ranges, descriptions, and habitats are given for each of the 23 amphibians in this book, and if you happen to see one outside of its listed range, the authors ask that you take photographs of the specimen and report your finding to them.

There is also general information on amphibian anatomy, fossil history, behavior, conservation, and captive care (although the authors recommend that you study these fascinating little creatures in their native habitat).

P.S. I also learned that the 'quacking' I hear in the woods during the spring comes from wood frogs, not wood ducks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. W. POWLESS on December 29, 2008
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Dr. Harding has done Michigan quite a service with this book. Most of the best pictures you see published of native Michigan herps are probably taking by him.

Invaluable as a reference and educational tool, and sad, as frogs, toads, and salamanders are disappearing at an alarming rate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJ on April 8, 2013
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Our amphibian loving son uses this to ID the frogs, toads and salamanders he finds-
good quality, thicker pages, can take a little bit of getting wet.
Whole series is wonderful information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stan Hyne on March 9, 2015
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Good book good condition.
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By C. Lane on October 29, 2014
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Excellent!! I read it cover to cover.
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