A Frog’s Life

Amphibians, including frogs, are said to be bellwethers of broader ecosystem health. More than one-third of frog species are considered to be threatened with extinction, and more than 120 species are believed to have become extinct since the 1980s. And then there’s Kermit …

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In informal usage, the term "frog" usually refers to species that are aquatic or semi-aquatic and have smooth, moist skins; the term "toad" generally refers to species that are terrestrial with dry, "warty" skins. Both, however, are amphibians belonging to the order Anura and taxonomy does not differentiate between the two—all members of the order Anura being frogs. Typically, frogs lay their eggs in water, the eggs hatch into tadpoles, and the tadpoles ultimately metamorphose into frogs. The world's largest frog is the goliath frog that can grow up to 12 inches in length and weigh up to 7 pounds. The world's smallest frog is the Paedophryne amauensis that is only 0.30 inches long. Variants among the frog species include poisonous frogs, flying frogs, and burrowing frogs.

Amphibians, including frogs, are said to be bellwethers of broader ecosystem health. More than one-third of frog species are considered to be threatened with extinction, and more than 120 species are believed to have become extinct since the 1980s. And then there's Kermit …

Author

David Ritchey

Cover

Paperback

ISBN

9781951556174

Pages

88

Size

5.5 x 8.5

Year Published

2020

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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.