A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles (Stokes Nature Guides) by Thomas F. Tyning

By Thomas F. Tyning

With this 'Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles', you could realize and comprehend the lives of universal frogs, salamanders, alligators, snakes, turtles, and lizards to an quantity that hasn't ever been attainable, in the course of the exact behavior-watching strategy of the Stokes Nature publications.

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Meal worms are useful for all northern varieties of lizards, frogs (especially tree frogs), toads, newts, and small species of salamanders. Green snakes are one of the most difficult species to bring through a winter. They do well on insect sweepings in summer; they prefer the spiders, but require variety. In winter, when sweepings are not obtainable, meal worms may be substituted for a time. I once saw two Cecropia moth cocoons opened and their contents fed forcibly to an emaciated green snake by means of an eye dropper.

If a collection of any size is anticipated each specimen should bear a number, recorded in a catalogue along with the scientific name, sex, habitat where specimen was taken, method of capture, food taken, and any other pertinent facts that may prove valuable. The most satisfactory containers for the smaller specimens are widemouthed fruit jars with snap-on covers of suitable size. Wide-mouthed gallon glass containers now used extensively for commercial products serve well for larger specimens. Covered earthen crocks of still larger capacity serve best for large turtles.

Newt, Triturus viridescens. ) ' The immature terrestrial red efts differ in having the tail only slightly compressed and the fins lacking, the skin rough and pebbled (it is smooth in newly transformed individuals), the head wider, and the toes less flattened. Over most of its range this form is bright red. The few Minnesota specimens seen by the author have ranged from a dull reddish brown to nearly black. Gustav Swanson -of the University of Minnesota describes efts found at Itasca Park as bright reddish brown.

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