The Snake and the Salamander: Reptiles and Amphibians from Maine to Virginia

Johns Hopkins University Press #ad - Breisch’s guided tour combines historical notes and conservation issues with lessons on genetics, evolution, life histories, habitats, and more. Winner of the national outdoor book award of the noba foundation Nature and Environment CategoryIn the best tradition of natural history writing and art, The Snake and the Salamander explores the diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the northeastern quadrant of the United States.

These intriguing animals are organized by habitat and type, from forest to grassland to bogs to big waters, and revealed through a combination of Breisch’s engaging prose and Patterson’s original color illustrations. Breisch and artist matt patterson showcase the lives of 83 species of snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards, and salamanders.

Beyond numbers, however, lie aesthetics. Discover how careful attention to frog calls coupled with dna analysis led to the discovery of a new species of frog in New York City, why evolutionary adaptations made the Eastern Ratsnake a superb climber, and the surprising fact that Spiny Softshell turtles actually sprint on land to retreat from predators.

The Snake and the Salamander: Reptiles and Amphibians from Maine to Virginia #ad - Covering 13 states that run from Maine to Virginia, author Alvin R. Breisch also tells the odd tale of the Green Frog and the Smooth Greensnake, two "green species" that do not actually have any green pigment in their skin. Every species has a story to tell―one that will keep the reader wanting to learn more.

The breadth of herpetofauna in the area will surprise many readers: more than 8% of the world’s salamanders and 11% of all turtle species live in the region.


A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast

Countryman Press #ad - Identify maple, ash, oak, and more with easy-to-learn visual techniques. In this friendly and approachable field guide, writer and avid hiker Mark Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on the northeastern United States where 20 species make up the majority of trees, will prepare readers to recognize trees at a glance, even in winter when leaves and flowers are not present.

Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. A beginner’s guide to recognizing Trees of the Northeast is a book to keep close at hand wherever trees grow. Some trees can even be identified by scent. Mikolas also explains how to differentiate between similar and commonly confused trees, such as red maple and sugar maple.

A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast #ad - 400 color photographs W. W. Location maps for each of the 40 species covered and more than 400 photographs illustrating key characteristics make the trees easy to identify. Mikolas’s secret is to focus on the key characteristics of each tree―black cherry bark looks like burnt potato chips; beech and oak trees keep their leaves in winter; spruce needles are pointed while balsam fir needles are soft and rounded at the ends.


Secrets of Snakes: The Science beyond the Myths W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series

Texas A&M University Press #ad - When addressing myths about snakes, he explains how researchers use the scientific method to explain which parts of the myth are biologically plausible and which are not. L. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. Enhanced by more than 100 stunning color photographs and three original drawings, Secrets of Snakes: The Science beyond the Myths encourages readers to learn about the snakes around them and introduces them to how scientists use the scientific method and critical thinking to learn about the natural world.

Number Sixty-one: W. Natural History Series W. W. From giant rattlesnakes to mating dances, there are dozens of myths and misconceptions about snakes. Although snakes are widespread and frequently encountered, they may be more misunderstood than any other group of animals. Love or hate these limbless reptiles, almost everyone is fascinated by them.

Secrets of Snakes: The Science beyond the Myths W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series #ad - Steen also takes a close look at conventional wisdom and common advice about snakes. In secrets of snakes: the science beyond the Myths, wildlife biologist David Steen tackles the most frequently asked questions and clears up prevailing myths. For example, kill a fellow, people are told they can distinguish coralsnakes from non-venomous mimics by remembering the rhyme, ” but this tip is only relevant to coralsnakes and two mimics living in the southeastern United States, friend of Jack, “red on black, red on yellow, and it does not always work with other species or in other countries.

In a conversational style with a bit of humor, Steen presents the relevant biology and natural history of snakes, making the latest scientific research accessible to a general audience.


The Book of Snakes: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World

University of Chicago Press #ad - Herpetologists and herpetoculturists alike will delight in this collection, and even those with a more cautious stance on snakes will find themselves drawn in by the wild diversity of the suborder Serpentes. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text.

Snakes can convey both beauty and menace in a single tongue flick and so these creatures have held a special place in our cultures. Yet, for as many meanings that we attribute to snakes—from fertility and birth to sin and death—the real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders. The book of snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering nearly one in six of all snake species.

The Book of Snakes: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World #ad - Entries include close-ups of the snake’s head and a section of the snake at actual size. Some people recoil in fear at the very suggestion of these creatures, while others happily keep them as pets. It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for more than 160 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, as well as two of the great oceans.

The text is written for laypeople and includes a glossary of frequently used terms. W. W. It is the first book on these creatures that combines a broad, worldwide sample with full-color, life-size accounts.


Underland: A Deep Time Journey

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, loss, fear, it is a journey into wonder, and hope.24 illustrations W. W. Traveling through “deep time”―the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present―he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk “hiding place” where nuclear waste will be stored for 100, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, 000 years to come.

A national bestseller and one of the Guardian's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world. Woven through macfarlane’s own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, dreamers, divers, mourners, artists, cavers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls “the awful darkness within the world.

Underland: A Deep Time Journey #ad - Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. In underland, memory, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, and the land itself. In this highly anticipated sequel to his international bestseller The Old Ways, burial, Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind.

Taking a deep-time view of our planet, macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: “Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth?” Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane’s long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart.


Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Field Guide Zona Tropical Publications

Comstock Pub. Associates #ad - Lizards range from minuscule dwarf geckos to dinosaur-like iguanids, while the country's snakes include tiny eyeless wormsnakes, massive boas, and everything in between, as well as twenty-three dangerously venomous species, which include the largest vipers in the world. The sheer diversity in shapes, colors, sizes, and natural history traits of these animals is beautifully displayed in this book.

This new field guide will enable the reader to identify all species, breeding strategies, while also providing a wealth of information about natural history, predation, habitat preferences, and conservation of Costa Rica's reptile fauna. In addition to including more than 1, this book also features paintings of anole dewlaps, 000 photographs, and range maps, detailed black and white scientific illustrations, a key identification feature for that very complex group of lizards.

Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Field Guide Zona Tropical Publications #ad - A popular destination for tourists and biologists because of its biodiversity, the country is particularly rich in reptile fauna, boasting 245 species. Reptiles of costa rica, is the first ever comprehensive field guide to the crocodilians, the long-awaited companion to Amphibians of Costa Rica, lizards, turtles, and snakes of Costa Rica.

W. W. His explorations have taken him to remote parts of Costa Rica that few people ever visit, journeys that usually find him hauling an array of photographic equipment to document his finds. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107.


Freshwater Fish of the Northeast

University Press of New England #ad - In freshwater fish of the northeast, the blueback trout, they describe more than 60 different species, including the redfin pickerel, from the well known to the obscure, and the slimy sculpin. The father-and-son team of David A. Most anglers are well aware of the popular game fish that inhabit the Northeast, including the largemouth bass, the rainbow trout, and the yellow perch.

Both art book and guidebook, this volume will stir some fond memories of fish caught―and a few of those that got away. W. W. In order to best capture the look and appeal of these fish in their native waters, most of the images are based on the authors’ own live catches. The pencil-and-acrylic illustrations render each species in lifelike detail, with close attention given to unique physical characteristics.

Freshwater Fish of the Northeast #ad - Patterson and matt patterson have pursued both game fish and bait fish in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York. But the region’s inland waters boast a much broader array of fish than first meets the eye or hook. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107.

This colorful and helpful guide includes detailed information on habits, history, habitats, and more.


Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Oregon State University Press #ad - Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. W. W. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

Gathering moss will appeal to a wide range of readers, Native Americans, from bryologists to those interested in natural history and the environment, and contemporary nature and science writing. Gathering moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses #ad - Robin wall kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us. Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing.

Used book in Good Condition. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks.


American Snakes

Johns Hopkins University Press #ad - Found from the vast okefenokee swamp to high alpine meadows, from hardwood canopies to the burning bottom of the Grand Canyon, these ultimate vertebrates are ecologically pivotal predators and quintessential survivors. In this revelatory and engaging meditation on american snakes, graham, and defensive repertoires• debunks harmful myths about snakes and explores their relationship with humans• highlights the contribution of snakes to the American wilderness• tells tales of "snake people"―important snake biologists with inspiring careersNeither a typical field guide nor an exhaustive reference, hunting tactics, • explains the everyday lives of American snakes, from their daily routines and seasonal cycles to their love lives, a respected herpetologist and gifted writer, American Snakes is instead a fascinating study of the suborder Serpentes.

Brimming with intriguing and unusual stories―of hognose snakes that roll over and play dead, blindsnakes with tiny vestigial lungs, and wave-surfing sea-snakes―the text is interspersed with scores of gorgeous full-color images of snakes, rainbow-hued dipsadines, from the scary to the sublime. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107.

American Snakes #ad - . 125 million years ago on the floodplains of North America, a burrowing lizard started down the long evolutionary path of shedding its limbs. This proud celebration of a diverse American wildlife group will make every reader, no matter how skeptical, into a genuine snake lover. Although many people fear them, bald eagles, snakes are as much a part of America's rich natural heritage as redwoods, and grizzly bears.

The 60-plus species of snakes found in Sean P.


The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas

Johns Hopkins University Press #ad - Color photos illustrate the natural history of the 89 species of frogs, snakes, salamanders, turtles, and lizards that call the state home. Essays discuss historical studies, the effects of Maryland's current climate, geology, and habitat diversity―and the myriad conservation issues these animals face.

In the maryland amphibian and Reptile Atlas, Heather R. Scientists are concerned about the decline of once-familiar species, but evidence has often been too anecdotal to support firm conclusions. This definitive guide combines nearly 160 comprehensive new herpetological maps with historical distribution maps and in-depth species accounts.

The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. To better understand the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Maryland and forecast species' futures in a time of accelerated environmental threats, conducting a comprehensive statewide survey updating 1970s-era distribution maps seemed ideal.

Nazdrowicz present the findings of this massive undertaking. Enter the maryland amphibian and reptile Atlas project, comprising nearly a thousand dedicated citizen scientists who discovered and recorded the locations of herpetofauna throughout every corner of Maryland. However, this endeavor was of an impossibly ambitious scope for scientists alone to tackle.

. It will appeal to both amateurs and professionals interested in herpetology, or ecology, natural history, as well as those with a special interest in Maryland's biodiversity.


Amphibians of Costa Rica: A Field Guide Zona Tropical Publications

Comstock Pub. Associates #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Costa rica is also home to fifty-three species of lungless salamanders, whose unique adaptations and abilities have allowed them to colonize habitats inaccessible to other amphibians. Norton & co guide to trees northeast - 9781682681107. Leenders and his team of researchers have traipsed the rainforests, dry forests, and swamps of Costa Rica―toting portable photo studios―to put together the richest collection of photographs of Costa Rican herpetofauna known to exist.

In addition to the spectacularly diverse salamanders, frogs, and toads found in the country, this guide includes the caecilians―bizarre and highly specialized creatures that somewhat resemble giant worms. Author, photographer, and conservation biologist Twan Leenders has been studying the herpetofauna of Central America for more than twenty years.

W. W. A diminutive nation with abundant natural wealth, the country is host to 146 species of frogs and toads. In addition to hundreds of photographs, breeding strategies, and precise descriptions of key field characteristics, Amphibians of Costa Rica offers a wealth of natural history information, morphological illustrations, describing prey and predators, habitat, range maps, and conservation status.

Amphibians of Costa Rica: A Field Guide Zona Tropical Publications #ad - Amphibians of costa rica is the first in-depth field guide to all 206 species of amphibians known to occur in Costa Rica or within walking distance of its borders. Frogs of gemlike beauty and dizzying variety abound: some species can fit on the end of a human finger; others would take two hands to hold.