Southern Africa has almost 130 frog species that occur throughout the region. The first part of this guide is divided into chapters according to the five basic southern African biomes - savanna, grassland, forest, fynbos and desert. Frogs that are commonly found in these habitats are listed and examples of interesting adaptations and behaviour are discussed. The evolution of frogs is explained, how to find, photograph and record them, myths and medicinal uses, and a wealth of other fascinating details. The second part of the guide is a field guide that describes the Southern African frog species in detail, along with distribution maps and colourful photographs. With a few exceptions, frogs are nocturnal or crepuscular animals and can best be found by tracking their calls after dark. To assist in this process as well as in identifying species, a CD is included that features 56 frog calls.
Vincent Carruthers is a well-known environmentalist and author. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious Stevenson-Hamilton Medal by the Zoological Society of southern Africa for his contribution as an amateur zoologist. He co-authored South African Frogs-A complete Guide and was compiling editor of the highly successful The Wildlife of Southern Africa.