FROGS and toads are some of the most interesting creatures of the amphibian world. Their variety is enormous, from the familiar bullfrog of ponds and lakes to the exotic but deadly arrow-poison frog of the tropical rain forests. Their history stretches back 300 million years, and their ancestors may have been among the first animals to leave the water for life on land. Readers will introduce themselves to a few of the more than 2,700 species known today, including barking frogs, horned frogs, tree frogs, glass frogs, and Goliath frogs--as well as Surinam toads, fire-bellied toads, spade-foot toads, and midwife toads. Beautiful photos and detailed text also touch on familiar species found in gardens and backyards. Dive into facts about frog and toad habits and behavior, covering feeding, defense, locomotion, communication, courtship, and mating. Finally, see the amazing process of metamorphosis--from egg to tadpole to froglet. This colorful and informative book, illustrated with 80 full-color photos, is a valuable addition to any animal lover's library.
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