The Field Herping Guide: Finding Amphibians and Reptiles in the Wild (Paperback)

The Field Herping Guide: Finding Amphibians and Reptiles in the Wild By Mike Pingleton, Joshua Holbrook Cover Image
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Herping is the observation of amphibians and reptiles for recreation or for the production of citizen science--the cold-blooded equivalent of birding. The Field Herping Guide: Finding Amphibians and Reptiles in the Wild is the first book to explore the fun and fascinating world of observing herpetofauna across North America. The natural world holds an amazing diversity of herps, some as close as our own backyards. This guidebook is geared toward new field herpers and uses proven methods from professional herpetologists Mike Pingleton and Joshua Holbrook.

The guide addresses basic questions new field herpers have about amphibians and reptiles: What do I need to know about their biology? Where do I look for them, and when? These topics are covered in a straightforward manner, with images, a glossary of essential terms, personal anecdotes, and informational vignettes that support the subject material.

Getting Started
Understanding Herp Behavior
Finding Herps
Catching and Handling Herps
Safety in the Field
Ethics and Etiquette, Rights and Responsibilities
Classification, Taxonomy, and Species Identification
Citizen Science and Data Collection
Herp Photography
Social Aspects of Field Herping
A History of Field Herping

About the Author

Mike Pingleton (Author) MIKE PINGLETON is the author of The Redfoot Manual, a how-to book concerning the care and conservation of the South American red-footed tortoise. He has also written for Herp Nation and his field herping blog at Pingleton has served on the board of directors for the World Chelonian Trust and is an administrative project manager for HerpMapper (, a global data collection project powered by citizen science. Joshua Holbrook (Author) JOSHUA HOLBROOK teaches herpetology at Montreat College and is the author of A Field Guide to the Snakes of Southern Florida. He has also written for Herp Nation and such scientific publications as Freshwater Biology, IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians, and the Herpetological Review.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780820354583
ISBN-10: 0820354589
Publisher: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2019
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book