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The Amphibians and Reptiles of Alberta

A Field Guide and Primer of Boreal Herpetology

by (author) A.P. Russell & Aaron M. Bauer

photographs by Wayne Lynch

illustrated by Irene McKinnon

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2000
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2000
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Amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) are a significant but much-neglected component of the natural economy of the province of Alberta. This second edition, which continues both as a field guide and a comprehensive natural history, builds on the strengths of the first with a richly illustrated text and colour photographs of the species taken by renowned wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch.

The award-winning first edition received recognition in the Emerald Awards for Environmental Excellence. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Nomenclature has been changed to reflect current thinking in the field. New photographs have been added, and maps and illustrations have been updated.

About the authors

Anthony P. Russell is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

A.P. Russell's profile page

Aaron M. Bauer is a professor in the Department of Biology at Villanova University, Pennsylvania.

Aaron M. Bauer's profile page

Wayne Lynch
Recognized and respected as one of North America's leading wildlife and natural history photographers, Wayne Lynch has spent the last forty-two years capturing images of wildlife in wild places the world over. His impressive photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over sixty countries. Lynch is also an award-winning science writer, a popular guest lecturer, and a veteran photo safari leader. His practical and entertaining approach to natural history, whether it be through the written or spoken word, has attracted the admiration of audiences worldwide. He has photographed both common and unusual creatures in their native habitat in more than fifty countries, travelling extensively for long periods of time and often undergoing considerable physical hardship to get the "perfect shot."

With an exceptional ability to write for both adults and children, Lynch has authored more than fifth highly acclaimed natural history books, including The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest, Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Penguins of the World,Mountain Bears, Bear: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness, A is for Arctic: Natural Wonders of a Polar World, The Nature Babies Series and the wildly popular children's book The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop.

Lynch is a Fellow of the internationally recognized Explorers Club and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. Lynch lives in Calgary with his wife of forty-five years, Aubrey Lang.

Wayne Lynch's profile page

Irene McKinnon's profile page

Editorial Reviews


Russell and Bauer have provided a first?rate field guide, with broad appeal, that effectively places the extant Albertan herpetofauna into its proper evolutionary, historical and ecological context.

?The Canadian Field Naturalist


"...this is an important book that helps direct attention to boreal herpetology. Given the currently high public interest in a possible global decline of amphibians, this book is particularly timely." -- Herpetological Review

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