On the bookshelf
What do you get when you put two authors together who have years of experience with amphibians and reptiles - and you add questions everyone has wondered about and a whole bunch you have never even thought of?
Frogs can be very diverse, varying from the huge goliath frog (weighing upwards of 3 kg) to the teeny gold frog (only 9 mm long). This wide diversity is reflected in the book, as well as how this group of animals developed. In addition, the authors look at why extinction has been threatening, or even coming to pass, for so many frog species and other amphibians. The text is illustrated with black-and-white and colour photos.
Common questions addressed include ‘What is the difference between a frog and a toad?’ and ‘Why do some people lick toads?’ Answers are also given to less obvious questions, such as ‘Can frogs feel pain?’ and ‘Why do some frogs lay their eggs on the leaves of trees?’
In the book, the authors speak to the world-wide ‘amphibian crisis’, as this is expected to lead to the extinction of many amphibian species.
Frogs: The Animal Answer Guide
Mike Dorcas and Whit Gibbons
John Hopkins University Press, 2011