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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 advisor to the amphibians and reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia. the recent variation beneficial properties 189 species of salamanders, frogs, crocodilians, turtles, lizards, and snakes, with up to date colour pictures, descriptions, and distribution maps for every species. it truly is an fundamental advisor for zoologists, beginner naturalists, environmentalists, backpackers, campers, hikers, and everybody drawn to the outdoors.

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Except on the wettest and driest sites, most upland portions of the Piedmont province are covered by oak-hickory forests with understories of Flowering Dogwood, Sourwood, and other species. On the drier sites, pines prevailed previously, and along rivers and streams were narrow corridors of bottomland hardwoods with thick understories of cane. On some moist, steep, north-facing slopes, usually near streams, mixed hardwood forests similar to those of the Blue Ridge province occurred. Stands of hemlock were also present in some areas, usually on bluffs along streams, but this tree is declining due to an introduced Asian insect, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

The colonial period was naturally one of exploration and inventory. What sort of animals inhabited this new land? What were they good for or what hazards did they present? Descriptions and folklore embellished the lists, and gradually more accurate observations on natural history and behavior were added. In the nineteenth century the emphasis passed to anatomy and evolutionary relationships, in keeping with prevailing trends in biology. These classical disciplines are still in vogue and being pursued actively with the addition of new genetic, biochemical, and microscopic techniques.

The head is more depressed and the body is stockier than in the Dwarf Waterdog. This species is endemic to North Carolina. It inhabits the main streams and larger tributaries of the Neuse and Tar rivers from well above tidewater into the lower Piedmont. It prefers leaf beds in quiet water in winter but is only infrequently found in this habitat in summer. Prey include a wide variety of insects and other arthropods, mollusks, earthworms, leeches, and small vertebrates. ) deep. Clutch sizes ranged from 19 to 36 eggs in 8 documented nests.

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