Alligators, crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, salamanders, toads, and frogs—all are cold-blooded animals in the reptile or amphibian family. Packed with engaging articles arranged in alphabetical order, the six-volume Exploring the World of Reptiles and Amphibians set looks at the natural history of reptiles and amphibians through naturalistic artwork, maps, and stunning photography. This colorful set is intended to illustrate key life-science principles while providing thorough information on reptiles and amphibians to young readers. In addition to learning the many ways in which different types of creatures hunt, feed, breed, and defend themselves, middle school researchers will also learn about topics such as adaptation, ecology, genetics, communication, conservation and endangered species, and habitats. Each volume features additional resources, such as a glossary, volume index, and a listing of books and Web sites for further reading.
Key features include:
- Illustrated family trees that explain how amphibians and reptiles fit in to the animal kingdom
- Overview articles in each volume that cover the major groups of amphibians and reptiles
- “Fact File” sidebars that provide in-depth information on the animal or group featured
- “Did You Know?” sidebars that present interesting and little-known facts.
- Volume 1: Adder-Chameleons
- Volume 2: Clawed Toads-Geckos
- Volume 3: Gharial-Leopard Gecko
- Volume 4: Leopard Tortoise-Poison Dart Frogs
- Volume 5: Puff Adder-Spadefoot Toad
- Volume 6: Spotted Turtle-Xenosaurs.
Full-color photography and illustrations. Maps. Appendixes. Fact boxes. Sidebars. Glossary. Index.
About the Author(s)
Consultant editor John P. Friel, Ph.D., is the Curator of Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles at the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, an internationally recognized institution dedicated to the study of vertebrates. Friel has been the consultant for numerous scientific publications, including Exploring the World of Aquatic Life for Chelsea House.
Author Jen Green received a doctorate from the University of Sussex, England. She worked in publishing for 15 years and is now a full-time writer. She has written more than 150 books for children on natural history, geography, the environment, history, and other subjects.
Author Richard Spilsbury studied zoology at Liverpool University, England. He worked on scientific zoological journals for several years before becoming an author of books for young people.
Author Barbara Taylor studied environmental sciences at Southampton University, England, before becoming a science editor and writer at London’s Natural History Museum. She has worked as an editor for a number of U.K.-based publishers and has written more than 120 children’s books on science, natural history, and geography.