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General Frog Info
All About Frogs

Jim Arnosky

When my husband saw this book with the same title as my site at the library, he simply had to pick it up for me to review. It turns out, not only is it a great book, my three year old son was also really into it.

A couple of minor quibbles:

The book seems to have some generalizations that seem to miss a few facts here and there-
For example, the book refers to frogs and toads as "similar but different animals" - Perhaps it's a linguistics difference, but the term frog is used to cover the general class of species of amphibians in the Order Anura (see the animal kingdom tree here), so when folks talk about "frogs" it's generally accepted that they are talking about frogs and toads - all toads are frogs, but true toads refers to a specific family in the order Anura.

Another minor generalization "Only male frogs make sounds" is also not true for all species, though indeed, for a large majority of them and for the most common ones this tends to be the case.

That said, with over 36,000 species, for all intents and purposes this book pretty well covers all the basics, and these are merely nits.

Overall though, this was a really great and surprisingly detailed and comprehensive introduction to frogs, with some nice drawings. I even found myself learning some new things, after so many years of running this website!

Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates
An Identification and Care Guide
Patricia P. Bartlett, Richard D. Bartlett, Billy Griswold, R.D. Bartlett

One of the questions I get all the time is queries from people who want to identify some frog that they bought at a pet store. Often frogs are mislabeled, often pet shop owners are just as baffled by a shipment as the shoppers. This book is a pictorial identification guide and basic husbandry manual covering more than 250 species, subspecies, and color morphs of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, all of which are species most commonly found in pet stores.
Inside Their Remarkable World
Ellin Beltz

Herpetologist Ellin Beltz offers a compelling picture of the history of the frog, its anatomical makeup, its place in the natural world and the threats that are seriously reducing its numbers around the world.
This book is simply *brimming* with gorgeous full-color panels loaded with tons of beautiful photographs and a whole bunch of information to go along with it. Inside there's a comprehensive overview, everything you could want to know about frogs - be it natural history, anatomy and physiology, all the frog families and the various protective strategies that they take on in the wild. There's even a whole section dealing with frogs as they relate to humans, both as they appear in various myths and cultures around the world. Everything from Aztec beliefs to Kermit the frog, it's in there. Bonus: This book is so lovely, it's going right on the coffee table!
Eyewitness Books
A Dorling Kindersley Book

Great reference book! I hadn't realized that I should not be searching the nature and animal sections of bookstores, but rather the Children's sections, where I found a whole lot of great general frog info books! What a gold-mine! This book has a plethora of fun frog facts and neat pictures too!
Amphibians of Washington and Oregon

William P. Leonard, Herbert A. Brown, Lawrence L.C. Jones, Kelly Rorc Allister, and Robert M. Storm (Seattle Audubon Society)

If you live in the Northwest, this is a pretty good field guide for local "frog watchers." It even has information on how to identify different kinds of tadpoles.
The Book of the Toad
A Natural and Magical History of Toad - Human Relations
Robert M. Degraaf

An awesome historical look at the perception of Toads throughout history! I learned all kinds of neat stuff about toad myths and medicine. There's even a section dealing with famous artworks, from ancient Chinese sculptures, to eerie paintings of Bosch!
The Nature of Frogs
Amphibians with Attitude
Harry Parsons

Lots of great frog images, and there's a lot of "dinner conversation" style information about frogs in here too - things like the myths about frogs in history and so on. A nice addition to a frog enthusiast's book collection.

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