Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia by Jeffrey C. Beane, Alvin L. Braswell, Joseph C. Mitchell,

By Jeffrey C. Beane, Alvin L. Braswell, Joseph C. Mitchell, William M. Palmer

Revised and up to date to mirror the most up-tp-date technology, and together with 30 new species, this authoritative and complete quantity is the definitive consultant to the amphibians and reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia. the hot version gains 189 species of salamanders, frogs, crocodilians, turtles, lizards, and snakes, with up-to-date colour photos, descriptions, and distribution maps for every species. it really is an integral advisor for zoologists, novice naturalists, environmentalists, backpackers, campers, hikers, and everybody attracted to the outdoors.

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Adults and juveniles include worms, mollusks, crustaceans, aquatic insects, and other salamanders in their diet. Maturity is reached a year earlier than in N. lewisi. Large specimens are probably at least 10 years old. Females lay 20 to 40 eggs in spring and presumably attach them to the undersides of submerged logs and other debris, like other waterdogs. Although this species is common in some streams, its life history is poorly known.

These are covered in most places by a relatively thin layer of sands and clays. VEGETATION The fully developed or climax vegetation of the Appalachian Plateau is highly diverse mixed hardwood forest on most slopes, with patches of spruce on the higher peaks and knobs. Bogs are numerous in valleys at the higher elevations, and open stands of pine exist in areas of sandy soil on the lower ridges. Forests dominated by Chestnut Oak are prevalent throughout the Valley and Ridge province, especially on ridges and the upper slopes.

Between then and the advent of the twentieth century another halfdozen species were described from our fauna by Edward D. Cope and others, and the late nineteenth century saw the completion of Cope’s great monographs, the Batrachia (1889) and the posthumous Reptilia (1900), which updated the field for the country as a whole but had no local emphasis. In late 1880 the Brimley brothers immigrated from England to North Carolina to devote their long lives to North Carolina’s natural history. H. H. Brimley headed the new state museum in Raleigh, concentrating his efforts in ornithology and conservation.

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