eBook The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Reptiles and Amphibians, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530410X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615304103
  • DDC: 597.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
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Overview

More than 15,000 species of reptiles and amphibians roam planet Earth today. Believed to be descendents of the dinosaurs, reptiles are scaly and cold-blooded. Amphibians lead something of a double-life, since they are capable of living in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This colorful volume details the physical characteristics, as well as the breeding and feeding behaviors, of both reptiles and amphibians, with an up-close look at many of these remarkable creatures.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Reptiles.
2: General Features of Reptiles.
3: Importance.
4: Size Range.
5: Distribution and Ecology.
6: North Temperate Zone.
7: Central and South America.
8: Asia.
9: Australia.
10: Africa.
11: How Crocodiles Differ from Other Reptiles.
12: Lizards.
13: General Features of Lizards.
14: Natural History of Lizards.
15: Life Cycle and Life History.
16: Ecology.
17: Behaviour.
18: Jacobson's Organ.
19: Form and Function.
20: Skull and Jaws.
21: Dentition.
22: Locomotion and Limb Adaptations.
23: Scales and Colour Change.
24: Scales.
25: Lizard Evolution and Classification.
26: Types of Lizards.
27: Familiar Lizards.
28: Chameleons.
29: Geckos.
30: Iguanas.
31: Horned Toads.
32: Monitors.
33: Komodo Dragons.
34: Skinks.
35: Snake-Eyed Skinks.
36: Unusual Lizards.
37: Draco Lizards.
38: Florida Worm Lizards.
39: Frilled Lizards.
40: Anoles.
41: Gila Monsters.
42: Glass Lizards.
43: Slowworms.
44: Snakes.
45: Snakes and Humans.
46: Natural History of Snakes.
47: Dormant Periods.
48: Interactions between Individuals.
49: Reproduction.
50: Early Development and Growth.
51: Molt.
52: Locomotion.
53: Form and Function.
54: Vertebrae.
55: The Skin.
56: Coloration.
57: Skull and Sense Organs.
58: Urogenital System.
59: Venom.
60: Specializations for Securing Food.
61: Evolution.
62: Types of Snakes.
63: Poisonous Snakes.
64: Adders.
65: Vipers.
66: Boomslangs.
67: Bushmasters.
68: Cat Snakes.
69: Cobras.
70: Asps.
71: Colubrids.
72: Copperheads.
73: Coral Snakes.
74: Mangrove Snakes.
75: Moccasins.
76: Rattlesnakes.
77: Sea Snakes.
78: Sidewinders.
79: Nonvenomous Snakes.
80: Blind Snakes.
81: Egg-Eating Snakes.
82: Flying Snakes.
83: Garter Snakes.
84: Hognose Snakes.
85: Racers.
86: Shieldtail Snakes.
87: Constrictor Snakes.
88: Anacondas.
89: Boas.
90: Bull Snakes.
91: Pythons.
92: Rat Snakes.
93: Turtles and Tuataras.
94: Turtles.
95: Form and Function.
96: Natural History of Turtles.
97: Origin and Evolution.
98: Tuataras.
99: Natural History of Tuataras.
100: Form and Function.
101: Evolution and Classification.
102: Types of Turtles.
103: Blanding's Turtle.
104: Box Turtles.
105: Chicken Turtles.
106: Clemmys.
107: Mud Turtles.
108: Musk Turtles.
109: Painted Turtles.
110: Pitted Shell Turtles.
111: Pond Turtles.
112: Sea Turtles.
113: Side-Necked Turtles.
114: Snake-Necked Turtles.
115: Snapping Turtles.
116: Softshell Turtles.
117: Terrapins.
118: Tortoises.
119: Wood Turtles.
120: Amphibians.
121: General Features of Amphibians.
122: Amphibian Chytridiomycosis.
123: Economic Importance.
124: Frogs and Toads.
125: Size Range and Diversity of Structure.
126: Distribution and Abundance.
127: Breeding Behaviour and Reproduction.
128: Egg Laying and Hatching.
129: Vocal Sac.
130: From Tadpole to Adult.
131: Egg Laying on Land.
132: Direct Development from Egg to Froglet.
133: Feeding Habits.
134: Form and Function.
135: Skin Toxins.
136: Coloration.
137: Structural Modifications.
138: Types of Anurans.
139: Familiar Species.
140: Bullfrogs.
141: Chorus Frogs.
142: Common Frogs.
143: Cricket Frogs.
144: Fire-Bellied Toads.
145: Green Frogs.
146: Marsh Frogs.
147: Wood Frogs.
148: Unusual Species.
149: Glass Frogs.
150: Leopard Frogs.
151: Midwife Toads.
152: Spadefoot Toads.
153: Spring Peepers.
154: Surinam Toads.
155: Tailed Frogs.
156: Tungara Frogs.
157: Poisonous Species.
158: Narrow-Mouthed Toads.
159: Panamanian Golden Toads.
160: Pickerel Frogs.
161: Poison Frogs.
162: Newts, Salamanders, and Caecilians.
163: Caudata.
164: Newts.
165: Size Range and Diversity of Structure.
166: Amphiumas.
167: Distribution and Abundance.
168: Natural History of Caudatans.
169: Axolotls.
170: Form and Function.
171: Lungless Salamanders.
172: Olms.
173: Evolution.
174: Gymnophionans.
175: Size and Range.
176: Distribution and Abundance.
177: Natural History of Caecilians.
178: Form and Function.
179: Conclusion.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.