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The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs--now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!
With their interesting shells and slow, deliberate demeanors, turtles are intriguing creatures. The more you know about turtles, the more fascinated you'll be as you watch your pet enjoy life in the slow lane. With colorful photos, charts, and tables, this guide covers the basics, including:
* Choosing your turtle--terrestrial or aquatic
Setting up a tank with the right environment
Essential equipment and supplies
Maintaining the proper temperature, lighting, and humidity
Feeding and caring for your turtle
About the Author
Table of ContentsPart I: All About Turtles.
Chapter 1: What Is a Turtle?
The Biology of Turtles and Tortoises.
Chapter 2: Turtle History.
The Turtle’s Early Ancestors.
The Appearance of Modern Turtles.
Chapter 3: The Best (and Worst) Turtles for Beginners.
The Best Turtles for Beginners.
The Worst Turtles for Beginners.
Part II: Caring for Your Turtle.
Chapter 4: Choosing Your Turtle.
Where to Get Your Turtle.
How to Choose a Healthy Turtle.
If Things Don’t Work Out.
Chapter 5: Housing Your Turtle.
Chapter 6: Feeding Your Turtle.
How to Feed Your Tortoise.
Chapter 7: Keeping Your Turtle Healthy.
Finding a Veterinarian.
Skin and Shell Problems.
Beaks and Claws.
The Calcium Balancing Act.
Part III: Turtles in Our World.
Chapter 8: Your Turtle’s Behavior.
How Smart Are Turtles?
Handling Your Turtle.
Holding Your Turtle.
Transporting a Turtle.
Kids and Turtles.
Chapter 9: Chelonian Conservation.
Appendix: Learning More About Your Turtle.
Some Good Books.
Herpetological Societies and Associations.