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Turtles of the World
     

Turtles of the World

by Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux, Alain Dupré, Peter C.H. Pritchard (Translator)
 

From the familiar painted turtle basking on a log to the majestic long-lived giant tortoises, turtles are among the most fascinating animals on the planet. For many years Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux, and Alain Dupré have traveled the world together to study turtles in their natural habitats. In this complete guide to the world's nearly 300 species of

Overview

From the familiar painted turtle basking on a log to the majestic long-lived giant tortoises, turtles are among the most fascinating animals on the planet. For many years Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux, and Alain Dupré have traveled the world together to study turtles in their natural habitats. In this complete guide to the world's nearly 300 species of turtles, the authors reveal intimate, little-known details of these intriguing reptiles in their native habitats: what they eat, where they live, how they behave, and when and where they lay their eggs.

Originally written in French, the text has been translated by one of the world's leading turtle experts, Peter C. H. Pritchard. The result is a beautifully written and illustrated book that belongs on the shelf of every library, public and private. Written for the millions of turtle lovers and nature enthusiasts who will find answers to their questions within its pages, this book is bound to become the standard reference for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Marmorata
"This book is a gem... it will be considered a classic very quickly. People will snatch this book up faster than a box turtle devours a night crawler!"

New York Times
In their new book, Turtles of the World, Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux and Alain Dupré seek to loft turtles into the limelight by showcasing the group’s diversity—its beauties, its goofies, its gargoyles.

— Natalie Angier, Science Times

Wildlife Activist
"A guide to all the world's nearly 300 species of turtles... quite an undertaking."

Choice

This superb sourcebook is the most current summary of world turtle nomenclature. Essential.

Midwest Book Review
"College-level holdings, many an aquarium shop, and any serious natural history collection must have Turtles of the World... Color photos pack every page and its information is well-rounded and key to any serious turtle researcher."

Southeastern Naturalist
"A comprehensive reference."

Aquatic Mammals
"If you would like an illustrated guide to the turtles of the world, this is the book for you!"

Canadian Field-Naturalist
"A significant book in turtle biology."

Compendium Newsletter
"Incredibly complete guide to the world's nearly 300 species of turtles... A superb standard reference."

Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society
The publishers should be complimented on producing another attractive book for both the novice and professional herpetologist alike.

— Harlan Walley

New York Times - Natalie Angier
"In their new book, Turtles of the World, Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux and Alain Dupré seek to loft turtles into the limelight by showcasing the group’s diversity—its beauties, its goofies, its gargoyles."

Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society - Harlan Walley
"The publishers should be complimented on producing another attractive book for both the novice and professional herpetologist alike."

Library Journal
This guide, originally written in French and translated here by leading turtle expert Pritchard, provides descriptions of the approximately 300 turtle species in the world. It begins with an overview of general turtle biology; entries for each species are then arranged by taxonomic family. Veterinarian Bonin, Bernard Devaux (founder, Village des Tortues), and turtle enthusiast Alain Dupré assume the reader has some familiarity with turtle anatomy, since terms such as carapace(the dorsal, convex part of the shell) and plastron(the ventral part of the shell) are not defined. Each entry offers brief information on the species' distribution (including a map), a physical description, natural history, and survival status. There is an index of scientific names, but the lack of a common-names index will be a stumbling block for some users.
—Teresa U. Berry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801884962
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
696,187
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Franck Bonin is a veterinarian with thirty-two years of specialized experience with turtles. Bernard Devaux is the founder of the French nonprofit organization Village des Tortues. Alain Dupré is an avid turtle enthusiast who serves on the boards of several conservation organizations in France. Peter C. H. Pritchard is the author of hundreds of articles on turtles and the Encyclopedia of Turtles.

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