Why are salamanders so slimy? These amphibians need to stay moist so they can breathe through their skin! If their skin ever dried out, the salamander would stop breathing and die. Slime helps salamanders survive in other ways, too. It keeps them safe from hungry enemies. The slime on a salamander's skin tastes bad and is often poisonous. Some people may think their slimy coating is gross, but it has helped salamanders survive on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs! In Slimy Salamanders, large color photos and fascinating facts will captivate readers as they discover what these water-loving creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny eggs to full-fledged adults.
All frogs are amphibians, but only aquatic frogs live nearly all their lives in water. Some of these water frogs can do amazing things! For example, the Indian water frog can run along the surface of a lake or pond for several yards without sinking. Then there's the leopard frog, which can actually leap off the water's surface. The common frog can survive in the water during any season, and in winter can even hibernate under ice! These are some of the fascinating facts that kids will discover when they enter the world of Amazing Water Frogs. Large, full-color photos will captivate young readers as they see up close what these water-loving creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny eggs to full-fledged adults.
Ground frogs are great jumpers. Some of these amazing amphibians can leap almost 20 times the length of their bodies! That would be about the same as a person leaping the full length of a basketball court in one hop. Ground frogs use their excellent leaping ability to catch food and escape from predators. Their jumping skills have helped them survive since the time of the dinosaurs. In Leaping Ground Frogs, kids will learn about what this animal eats, how it stays safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from water-loving tadpoles to land-dwelling adult frogs.
Most newts are small---between 2 and 5 inches. How do these little amphibians protect themselves from big, hungry enemies? Many newts, such as the red-spotted newt, are covered in poisonous mucus. The animal's bright colors warn predators that eating the newt can be deadly. But what if an animal decides to attack anyway? If grabbed by an enemy, a newt can lose its tail and escape. Within a few weeks, the newt grows a new tail to replace the one it lost. These are just some of the fun facts that kids will learn when they enter the world of Little Newts. Vivid, full-color photos and clear, grade-appropriate text will engage emergent readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of these tiny amphibians.
While almost all frogs begin their lives in the water, adult frogs make their homes in many different places. Some types of frogs remain in the water, while other kinds stay mostly on firm ground. Then there are frogs that prefer to spend their time up in the trees. As kids are about to discover, these tricky tree frogs have some cool ways of surviving high above the ground! In Tricky Tree Frogs, kids will learn all about this amphibian's diet, natural habitat, life cycle, and physical characteristics. Vivid, full-color photos will captivate kids as they see up close what these tree-dwelling creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny tadpoles to adult frogs.
Many people believe that a person can get warts just by touching a toad. While this enduring myth is not true, a toad's warts are harmful to many of its predators. The warts produce a poison, and most animals that eat toads often get sick and can even die. Many animals, such as dogs and foxes, spit out a toad after just one bite because the poison tastes so bad. These are just some of the interesting facts that kids will learn when they enter the world of Warty Toads. Vivid, full-color photos will captivate kids as they see up close what these wart-covered creatures eat, how they stay safe, and the tremendous transformations that take place as these amphibians grow from tiny tadpoles to adult toads.
Blue jays often get a bad rap for being the bullies of the songbird world, but there’s a lot more to these beautiful birds than meets the eye. They stay safe and sound by mimicking the songs and sounds of their forest homes. Going hungry is a rare concern as they stuff their beaks and throat pouches with up to four acorns at one time! The sky’s the limit with this colorful read about blue jays.