The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta

Ebook

Cover image (The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta)

Amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) are a significant but much-neglected component of the natural economy of the province of Alberta. This second edition, which continues both as a field guide and a comprehensive natural history, builds on the strengths of the first with a richly illustrated text and colour photographs of the species taken by renowned wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch.

The award-winning first edition received recognition in the Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Nomenclature has been changed to reflect current thinking in the field. New photographs have been added, and maps and illustrations have been updated.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta 1
Contents 6
Preface 8
Acknowledgements 12
1 Introduction 14
2 Characterization of Amphibians and Reptiles 18
3 The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta: A Brief Introduction 40
4 How to Observe Amphibians and Reptiles 46
5 A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta 50
A Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta 51
Key to the Adult Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta 53
Key to the Larval Amphibians of Alberta 57
Key to Eggs of the Amphibians of Alberta 60
Species Accounts 62
Species Possibly Occurring in Alberta 132
6 Zoogeography of the Alberta Herpetofauna 158
7 Amphibian and Reptile Natural History 170
8 Coping with the Cold 184
9 The Challenge of Aridity 196
10 Defence and Venoms 204
11 Amphibians, Reptiles and People 214
Bibliography 224
General References and Guides to the Amphibians and Reptiles of North America 224
References Pertinent to the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles in Alberta 226
B 276
A 276
Glossary 276
C 277
D 277
E 277
F 277
L 278
K 278
I 278
H 278
G 278
M 279
N 279
O 279
P 279
R 279
S 279
V 280
U 280
T 280
Index 282
A 282
B 283
C 283
D 285
E 285
F 285
G 286
H 287
I 287
J 287
K 287
L 287
M 288
N 288
O 288
Q 289
P 289
R 290
S 290
T 291
U 292
V 292
W 292
X 292
Y 292