Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America | Turtles of the Southeast | Tracks & Sign of Reptiles & Amphibians | Texas Turtles & Crocodilians | Handbook of Larval Amphibians of the United States and Canada | Amphibians and Reptiles of the US-Mexico Border States / Anfibios y reptiles de los estados de la frontera México-Estados Unidos | Snakes of the Southeast | Exploring Wild Alabama | Mammals of Alabama
In addition to providing sixty-five full-color photographs of juveniles and adults along with forty-two colorfully detailed distribution maps, this volume features an introductory section explaining the physiography, climate, and habitats of the state, and offers illustrated taxonomic keys for all the species considered, including the oceanic behemoths that lay their eggs on Alabama's gulf beaches and the lumbering gopher tortoise that provides safe haven for countless other animals and arthropods in its underground burrows of the Coastal Plain. With fine line drawings to highlight various distinguishing attributes of the animals, this volume is the definitive guide to the stateâs fascinating and diverse turtle populationsâfreshwater, marine, and terrestrial.
Although they are notoriously slow-moving, turtles still survive on Earth because of their remarkable adaptationsâan exterior shell for body protection, long lives, high reproductive output, stamina, and a capacity for doing without. Turtles are cold-blooded reptiles that were here long before mammals, and they're still around, continuing to adapt to many differentÂ habitats and ecological niches, still interbreeding, evolving, and speciating. Turtles of Alabama is a fitting celebration of that phenomenal variety and strength.
About: For nearly 200 million years, Earth has been occupied by reptilesâa lineage of terrestrial vertebrates that includes some, like birds, that have invaded the aerial environment, and others, like turtles, that have invaded aquatic environments.
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