The Common Toad

The Common Toad

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The common toad is in evolutionary terms an ancient creature and has variously been the subject of hate, curiosity, superstition and legend. It is an animal that generally goes unseen except by the diligent garener or in spring, when it is drawn back to its traditional spawning pond. These breeding migrations have brought the species to the attention of the general public because of the number which are regrettably killed by vehicles as they cross major roads. Although much is known about the migrations and the subsequent aquatic phases of the toad's life history, far less is known about the cues and controls of migration or about the terrestrial part of the toad's year.This book draws together the scattered strands of information to provide a fascinating account of this unusual animal.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 149.9 x 210.1 x 2.3mm | 74.65g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0747801614
  • 9780747801610

About Fred Slater

Dr Fred Slater was brought up in the Black Country. After his first degree he spent several years teaching before leaving the West Midlands for Wales to gain his doctorate in peatland ecology. As Curator of the University of Wales College of Cardiff Field Centre in mid Wales since 1974, he has studied the amphibian populations of the area, publishing numerous papers on the subject.show more

Table of contents

Introduction; Terrestrial toad; Preparations for breeding; life in the water; Death by natural causes; Conservation; Further readingshow more