Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2005


Published in Great Plains Research 15:2 (Fall 2005). Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


This volume documents comprehensively Montana's herpetofauna in a field guide/natural history format. As such, it joins other relatively recently published guides to the herpetofaunas of the northern Great Plains states and provinces that border Montana to provide extensive background information about amphibians and reptiles across this broad region. Assembled by a consortium of authors with a wealth of first-hand experience, the guide is profusely illustrated with color photographs of habitats and animals in the field, almost all of good to excellent quality, though a few are too small or indistinct to illustrate clearly the features being considered. For the most part, however, this shortcoming is offset by simple and effective line drawings elsewhere in the book (if one knows where to look, as cross-referencing is not the volume's greatest strength).