Schechter Natural History is building field guides for the modern explorer. Our Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America is the most comprehensive digital field guide available with details on nearly 700 species.
North America has numerous and diverse collections of herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) with various degrees of rarity. The app includes concise, detailed descriptions of each species’ Family and Genus to meet your reference and research purposes. The app’s descriptions also extend to individual species; outlining the range, identification, variations, subspecies, habitat, and behavior.
Range maps and descriptions help narrow down what part of North America the herp is endemic or native to - including locations to which it was introduced.
Identification includes a comprehensive detailing of field marks and standout unique features that distinguish each species. It gives approximations of the size, weight, and differences between adults and juveniles.
Variations are described for those herps that have subspecies.
Habitat informs you of certain biomes, terrains, or vegetation clutter where the species can be found. We also explain reproduction, behavior, and migration for you in this segment.
Because we understand the importance of field identification, our guide contains illustrations and details for nearly 700 different species of herps. These illustrations are perfect for your needs because they highlight features that the more realistic photographs may not display. This is the advantage of drawings versus photographs; you can easily see what features make this species distinct in a clear illustration. A standout feature that easily sets this app aside, from most other apps of this kind, is that the illustrations on each species have special annotations for field marks.
Alongside every species is a detailed range map, optimizing field activities. There is no need to lug computers, printed maps, or heavy books. All you need is your mobile phone to track down herps.
How does it sound? We got you covered. Whether you are an expert trying to identify toads by sound, or you are a student trying to get the description of a frog's call, this app can help you out. Included are audio recordings of most frogs and toads.
One of the most spectacular features of our guide is its search and comparison capabilities. You can easily compare species with the species comparison feature. The search engine is designed to help find herps using the name, scientific name, or the subspecies name. And if that isn’t enough, you can still narrow your search results with a filter for State or what species are nearby.
Need to know what herps are around me? Our guide allows you to find herps by turning on your location and searching what species are expected nearby; a very useful tool for field explorers seeking to track down certain species in the vicinity.
And the icing on the cake is that we have full offline support. Field trips with no network? No problem. You can download the complete database for use in any environment.
We hope you find the Schechter Natural History’s Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America to be the perfect tool for your outdoor adventures and a fun and informative reference for home use.
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Ratings and Reviews
Awesome reference tool!
Handy to identify critters in the field. No need to carry a heavy reference book. This app makes identification easy. Limiting options to nearby creatures is extremely helpful. The audio feature is wonderful and helps identify frogs & toads that may be heard, but not seen. I highly recommend this app; both for experienced herpers, beginners and general nature-lovers.
Solid Reptile Guide
This app is a great resource for people looking to catch reptiles in North America. Two things I hope they add in the future would be range maps for subspecies and conservation status of each unique species. If this app has those two things added it’s an easy 5 out of 5 from me.
To make this a five star app it needs actual s field photos of its subjects. Paintings/drawings don’t cut it.
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- Schechter Natural History LLC
- 31.6 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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