Review of the book: The mammals of the Alps how to recognize them where and when to observe them by Laura Canalis - Blu Edizioni
The amphibians and reptiles of the Alps
how to recognize them, where and when to observe them
by Stefano Bovero, Laura Canalis, Stefano Crosetto
Title: The amphibians and reptiles of the Alps -How to recognize them, where and when to observe them
Authors: Stefano Bovero, Laura Canalis, Stefano Crosetto
publisher: Blu Edizioni
Necklace: Nature and environment
Publication date: June 2013
Number of pages: 160
Cost: 15.00 euros
Type of paper used: recycled or ecological paper is not used
Illustrations: the book is very well illustrated
It is with great pleasure that I have read the new book The amphibians and reptiles of the Alps, how to recognize them, where and when to observe themof the publishing house Blu Edizioni. This is the latest addition to the seriesNature and environment (I have already told you about the books The mammals of the Alpichow to recognize them, where and when to observe them is How to recognize the butterflies of the Alps, where and when to observe them), excellent manuals on the different animals that populate our Alps. Also with this new book, the authors and the same publishing house have managed, thanks to the contents and richness of the illustrations, to make it easy even for a layman, to take a walk in the mountains I was positively impressed by the fact that not only are we talking about reptile amphibians but the first aspect addressed is related to the characteristics of the Alps where their peculiarities for altitude levels are described and how life arrived, over the centuries, to colonize even particularly inaccessible areas. It was interesting to discover how the different populations of reptiles and amphibians have undergone in the course of evolution, a series of morphological adaptations which are essential to be able to live in environments that are all in all hostile and not consonant with their metabolism (did you know that the common frog has learned to develop three times faster at 2450 m of altitude than the populations of the plain or that the alpine salamander lives up to 15 years?). Leafing through the pages of the book, unfortunately, I have even more account of how even in the less anthropized areas, such as the Alps, man has also managed to upset those ecosystems to threaten numerous species of extinction (due to the construction of roads, dams, barriers. ..).
The book illustrates all the species of reptiles and amphibians that populate the Alps, offering us not only the elements to understand how they are geographically distributed, their preferred habitats and the times of the year during which it is easier to find one species rather than another but also all of them. the elements to recognize them not only as adult species but also as eggs, larvae and juvenile stages. All this to get to know them, understand their problems and ensure their survival.
Below is a type sheet that better than any words illustrates the contents of the book.
At the end of this brief illustration I must once again acknowledge that I am more and more favorably impressed by the work carried out by the authors with such diligence and from which shines a great love for nature and the environment. In fact, it is not for everyone to be able to tell with such meticulousness and attention how a lizard rather than a tree frog lives. I highly recommend this book to all those who, like me, love nature and wish to understand the world around us even during walks in the mountains but above all learning about a world still little known and about which very little is still known.
Congratulations to the authors.
Dr. M.G. Davoli