Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois

Second Edition

Author: Christopher A. Phillips, John A. Crawford, and Andrew R. Kuhns
Foreword by Ronald A. Brandon
An illustrated guide to all things herpetology in Illinois
Paper – $24.95
eBook – $14.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 06/28/2022
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About the Book

The second edition of the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois offers up-to-date information on the state’s 102 species of frogs and toads, salamanders, turtles, lizards, and snakes. Detailed descriptions by the authors include habitats, distinguishing features, behaviors, and other facts, while revised range maps and full-color photographs help users recognize animals in the field. In addition, an identification key and easy-to-navigate page layouts guide readers through extensive background material on each species' population, diet, predators, reproduction, and conservation status.

A one-of-a-kind resource, the Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois is a definitive guide aimed at biologists, teachers, students, wildlife specialists, natural resource managers, conservationists, law enforcement officials, landowners, hobbyists, and everyone else eager to explore herpetology and nature in the Prairie State.

About the Author

Christopher A. Phillips is Principal Research Scientist and Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for Biodiversity. John A. Crawford is Terrestrial Wildlife Ecologist at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. Andrew R. Kuhns is Associate Survey Scientist-Herpetologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute.


"Regardless of your level of knowledge regarding Illinois's reptiles and amphibians, you'll definitely want a copy of this in your backpack or on your bookshelf. " --Illinois Outdoor News

"The second edition of the Guide is an attractive, up-to-date contribution to our understanding of Illinois’ herpetofauna, and is well worth the modest price." --Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society

"A fantastic resource for all seeking to study the 102 herpetofauna species found in Illinois." --Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation


"With thoughtfully revised descriptions, expanded natural history accounts, and updated range maps and photos, this guide offers something for everyone and will be a relevant resource for natural historians and herp enthusiasts alike."--Bill Peterman, The Ohio State University