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Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota

1994
Authors:

Barney Oldfield and John J. Moriarty

Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota

The only guide to amphibians and reptiles of the Upper Midwest-includes maps and aids to identification for the amateur.

This guide to the 48 species of amphibians and reptiles native to Minnesota is perfect for the amateur herpetologist, specialist, and curious observer. Topics include the preferred habitats of this group of species; techniques for observing, studying, and photographing them; and a timely discussion of their conservation needs. This complete, up-to-date information is not found in any other book. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs.

This book deserves a place on any eastern or central Canadian naturalist’s bookshelf.

Canadian Field Naturalist

For the amateur herpetologist, specialist, and curious observer, here is a guide to the 48 species of amphibians and reptiles native to Minnesota. Whether you want to learn how to find a certain species of snake, toad, or salamander, or simply need general information about those you come across, Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota will provide the answers.

From introductory chapters that present the history of herpetology in Minnesota; preferred habitats of these species; techniques for observing, studying, and photographing them; and a timely discussion of their conservation needs, this guide offers complete, up-to-date information not found in any other book. Its distribution maps, keys, and natural history data will prove invaluable to the natural resource manager and field biologist while the outstanding color photographs and circular keys will help the uninitiated readily identify species they observe.

The only book in print on this subject for any of the Upper Midwest states, Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota will prove useful to people in bordering states and Canadian provinces who encounter many of the same species.


Awards

Minnesota Book Award winner

Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota

Barney Oldfield, a veterinarian, and John J. Moriarty, a wildlife specialist for Hennepin Parks in Minnesota, have combined 25 years of experience studying and observing Minnesota's amphibians and reptiles. Together and independently, they have conducted numerous herpetological projects within Minnesota, including herpetofauna surveys of the southwest and southeast regions, county surveys, and various field research projects on individual species.

Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota

This book deserves a place on any eastern or central Canadian naturalist’s bookshelf.

Canadian Field Naturalist

For those of us who knew that this book was in the making, the wait has been filled with eager anticipation. And I’ll say it right now-this new book is a ‘must have’ for anyone interested in the natural wonders of our world, particularly the creatures that cohabit our state.

Minnesota Volunteer

Barney Oldfield and John Moriarty have done an excellent job by combining chapters on general topics of interest about Minnesota herpetology with chapters that provide a detailed species by species account. The book is highlighted by a wealth of excellent photographs. The University of Minnesota Press and the authors have produced an excellent book, which would be a valuable addition to any library, particularly for all who are interested in Minnesota’s natural history.

The Loon

Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota is an important book that comes at a critical time if Minnesota is to preserve a significant component of its natural history. Buy a copy for yourself. Enjoy it, use it, learn from it, and buy additional copies as gifts for friends. Spread the word.

The Prairie Naturalist