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The Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas

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The product of fifteen years of work by top herpetologists, this book is a comprehensive examination of the amphibians and reptiles of Arkansas, featuring over 136 species and subspecies. With more than five hundred four-color photos, line drawings, and over one hundred maps, this book is the definitive text on the subject.
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Overview

The product of fifteen years of work by top herpetologists, this book is a comprehensive examination of the amphibians and reptiles of Arkansas, featuring over 136 species and subspecies. With more than five hundred four-color photos, line drawings, and over one hundred maps, this book is the definitive text on the subject.
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Editorial Reviews

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“A most important benchmark. . . . One hopes that authors and publishers . . . will not attempt to copy the book, but instead will use it as a baseline example to stimulate their own creativity and writing style.” —The Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society

“This is a stunning and wonderful contribution to the natural history of Arkansas, crammed with information and spectacular photography. The authors bring together their extensive knowledge of different groups and meld them in a way that ensures that The Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas will be a lasting and frequently used compendium.” —Joseph T. Collins, director of Center for North American Herpetology, Wildlife Author Laureate of Kansas

“Has raised the bar for other state amphibian and reptile books. . . . This is the new benchmark.” —Herpetological Review

“This book is obviously a labor of love. . . . The authors have done an excellent job. The text is well written, and the photographs and illustrations are superb. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas is an essential addition to the library of any herpetologist, and will be accepted eagerly by the scientific community.” —James Dixon, professor emeritus at Texas A & M University and author of Texas Snakes and Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas

“Highly recommended.” —Southeastern Naturalist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287373
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author


Stanley Trauth is professor of zoology and director of the Electron Microscope Facility at Arkansas State University. The author of over two hundred articles in scientific journals, he is the editor in chief of the Arkansas Academy of Science and past president of the Southeastern Division of the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists.
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Table of Contents

A history of Arkansas herpetology and herpetofaunal literature 1
Classification and species checklist for the amphibians and reptiles of Arkansas 9
About species and subspecies 15
Ecoregions of Arkansas 17
Searching for and observing amphibians and reptiles in nature 29
Conservation of Arkansas's amphibians and reptiles 35
Amphibian and reptile species erroneously reported from Arkansas 39
Exotic species 41
Amphibians
Order caudata - salamanders 45
Key to the salamanders of Arkansas (excluding larvae) 47
Family and species accounts - order caudata 56
Key and pictorial guide to ontogenetic stages of live larvae or larviform adults of selected salamanders of Arkansas 113
Order anura - frogs and toads 128
Key to the frogs and toads of Arkansas 129
Family and species accounts - order anura 139
Key and pictorial guide to ontogenetic stages of live larvae of selected anurans of Arkansas 180
Reptiles
Order crocodilia - crocodilians 201
Species account - order crocodilia 201
Order testudines - turtles 204
Key to the turtles of Arkansas 207
Family and species accounts - order testudines 214
Order squamata 244
Suborder sauria - lizards 244
Key to the lizards of Arkansas 245
Family and species accounts - suborder sauria 250
Suborder serpentes - snakes 272
Key to the snakes of Arkansas 275
Family and species accounts - suborder serpentes 291
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