|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..
Reptiles of Georgia
edited by John B. Jensen,
Carlos D. Camp, Whit Gibbons, and Matt J. Elliott
University of Georgia Press,