North American Box Turtles: A Natural History

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Once a familiar backyard visitor in many parts of the United States and Mexico, the box turtle is losing the battle against extinction. In North American Box Turtles, C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., has written the first book-length natural history of the twelve species and subspecies of this endangered animal. This volume includes comprehensive information on the species’ evolution, behavior, courtship and reproduction, habitat use, diet, population structure, systematics, and disease. Special features include color ...

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Overview

Once a familiar backyard visitor in many parts of the United States and Mexico, the box turtle is losing the battle against extinction. In North American Box Turtles, C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., has written the first book-length natural history of the twelve species and subspecies of this endangered animal. This volume includes comprehensive information on the species’ evolution, behavior, courtship and reproduction, habitat use, diet, population structure, systematics, and disease. Special features include color photos of all species, subspecies, and their habitats; a simple identification guide to both living and fossil species; and a summary of information on fossil Terrapene and Native uses of box turtles. End-of-chapter sections highlight future research directions, including the need for long-term monitoring and observation of box turtles within their natural habitat and conservation applications. A glossary and a bibliography of literature on box turtles accompany the text.

All royalties from the sales of this volume will go to the Chelonian Research Foundation, a nonprofit foundation for the conservation of turtles.

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What People Are Saying

Craig Weatherby
Ken Dodd provides the 'ammunition' that our concerned army of environmental protectionists will need for winning the war that is threatening the existence of one of America's oldest residents, the North American box turtle. (Craig Weatherby, Chair of the Environmental Science and Studies Program, Adrian College, Michigan)
Peter C.H. Pritchard
"North American Box Turtles will be useful to turtle specialists, as well as to animal behaviorists, conservationists, general herpetologists, land and wildlife managers, and turtle hobbyists. (Peter C. H. Pritchard, Director, Chelonian Research Institute)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806135014
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2002
  • Series: Animal Natural History Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Color Plates
List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 A Most Amiable Reptile: An Introduction to the Box Turtle 3
2 The Evolution of Box Turtles 24
3 Habitats and Habitat Requirements 39
4 Activity, Movement, and Orientation 56
5 Behavior and the Senses 80
6 Courtship and Reproduction 87
7 Food and Feeding Behavior 111
8 Population Structure and Demography 122
9 Predators, Parasites, and Disease 138
10 Conservation Biology 150
Identification Key to Terrapene Species and Subspecies 169
Species Account: Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) 174
Species Account: Coahuilan Box Turtle (Terrapene coahuila) 185
Species Account: Spotted Box Turtle (Terrapene nelsoni) 187
Species Account: Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) 189
Glossary 197
Literature Cited 203
Index of Artists, Collectors, and Researchers 223
General Index 225
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