This is the only comprehensive guide to the state's diverse
herpetofauna.A hidden world of amphibians and reptiles awaits the
outdoor adventurer in Georgia's streams, caves, forests, and
wetlands. ""Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia"" makes 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
Georgia"" is an authoritative reference for students, professional
herpetologists, biologists, ecologists, conservationists, land
managers, and amateur naturalists.It features nearly 500 color
photographs. It contains 24 line drawings showing each group's
defining features. It includes almost 200 range maps detailing
county-by-county distribution. It contains detailed species
accounts written by 54 regional experts, which provide information
on size, appearance, and other identifying characteristics of
adults and young; taxonomy and nomenclature; habits; distribution
and habitat; and reproduction and development. It includes
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
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