Russian Tortoises in Captivity
This book Gives you everything you need to know on how to care for and keep this animal in captivity. It also discusses Greek Tortoises, Herman’s Tortoise, and Margenated Tortoises with a chapter of captive breeding
The Last Tortoise
Tortoises may be the first family of higher animals to become extinct in the coming decades. They are losing the survival race because of what distinguishes them, in particular their slow, steady pace of life and reproduction. The Last Tortoise offers an introduction to these remarkable animals and the extraordinary adaptations that have allowed them to successfully populate a diverse range of habitatsâe"from deserts to islands to tropical forests. The shields that protect their shoulders and ribs have helped them evade predators. They are also safeguarded by their extreme longevity and long period of fertility. Craig Stanford details how human predation has overcome these evolutionary advantages, extinguishing several species and threatening the remaining forty-five. At the center of this beautifully written work is Stanfordâe(tm)s own research in the Mascarene and Galapagos Islands, where the plight of giant tortoise populations illustrates the threat faced by all tortoises. He addresses unique survival problems, from genetic issues to the costs and benefits of different reproductive strategies. Though the picture Stanford draws is bleak, he offers reason for hope in the face of seemingly inevitable tragedy. Like many intractable environmental problems, extinction is not manifest destiny. Focusing on tortoise nurseries and breeding facilities, the substitution of proxy species for extinct tortoises, and the introduction of species to new environments, Stanfordâe(tm)s work makes a persuasive case for the future of the tortoise in all its rich diversity.
Sulcatas in captivity
SULCATAS: African Spurred Tortoises in CAPTIVITY (With Notes on Other Popular Tortoises) by Russ Gurley The African Spurred Tortoise continues to be one of the most popular tortoise pets. From a small tan hatchling with wide, alert eyes and a ravenous appetite, these wonderful tortoises quickly (in tortoise terms) can become backyard giants. They grow very large and incredibly heavy with needs that outweigh many keepers’ expectations and abilities. Despite their very large size as adults, these tortoises can inspire individual keepers and entire families. By keeping them properly, children and adults learn respect for a living animal and its needs. Daily routines spring up around this new and exotic pet that instill thoughtfulness and responsibility. In this updated version of The African Spurred Tortoise in Captivity, Russ Gurley, director of the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group presents insight into and information relating to the captive care of Redfoot Tortoises, Yellowfoot Tortoises, Leopard Tortoises, and Russian Tortoises in addition to his adored African Spurred Tortoises.
The Russian Tortoise and its relatives, the Greek, Egyptian, Hermann's, and marginated tortoises, have been kept as pets for centuries. This text is a complete care manual for these interesting and endearing species.
In Turtles & Tortoises beginning hobbyists of all ages will find amazing facts and useful information about turtles and tortoises from around the world. Author Russ Case, a noted author and reptile and amphibian specialist, recommends the top twelve turtles and tortoises that are best for first-time keepers, not counting, of course, the familiar box turtle. From the smaller examples, like the mud turtle that grows only 5 inches, to the Galapagos giant tortoise, which can weigh over 700 pounds, Turtles & Tortoises opens up the whole captivating world of chelonians to the reader. This color guide covers the origins of these fascinating creatures as well as the health, feeding, housing, and care of these fascinating creatures.
Turtles and Tortoises For Dummies
Coexisting with a turtle or tortoise may not be a warm and fuzzy experience, but it definitely has its rewards. And with more than 250 species to choose from, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you. Looks-wise, they can range from very plain and unadorned to a brightly colored and embellished with every manner of crest, crown, spike, and dewlap. As for personality, you’d be amazed at how very different they can be, ranging from shy and withdrawn, to outgoing and friendly, to outright aggressive. And when it comes to longevity, well, let’s just say that when you commit to a turtle or tortoise, you’re in it for the long haul. For example, the standard American box turtle can live more than 125 years, a leopard tortoise has a life span of up to 100 years, and an aldabran tortoise can live to be more than 200 years old! This fun guide will help you choose the perfect turtle or tortoise for your lifestyle and give it the care it needs to thrive. Turtle and tortoise expert Liz Palika provides cl ear, step-by-step instructions on how to: Select the appropriate turtle or tortoise Provide a suitable environment for your new pal Care for a variety of chelonian (turtle and tortoise) species Supply you pet with a satisfying and healthy diet Create an indoor or outdoor home Understand your turtle’s or tortoise’s special needs Generously illustrated with line drawings and high-quality photographs, Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies covers all the bases. Topics covered include: Deciding whether a turtle or tortoise is right for you Choosing between a turtle and tortoise Who’s Who of turtles and tortoises—a complete guide to dozens of species, where they’re from, what they’re like, and how they are as pets Creating a safe and healthy environment for your pet Recognizing and treating common health problems and finding a good veterinarian to help you care for your chelonian Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies is your fun guide to selecting, caring for, and sharing your life with a chelonian.
Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles
Far from the line drawings and black-and-white photos of the past, Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles features high-quality, color photos of normal anatomy and histology, as well as gross, light, and electron microscopic images of pathogens and diseases. Many of these images have never before been published, and come directly from the esteemed editor’s collection documenting more than 30 years in the research of infectious diseases and veterinary care of reptiles. A comprehensive reference, the book includes definitive information on every aspect of the anatomy, pathophysiology, and differential diagnosis of infectious diseases affecting reptiles. Beginning with a thorough review of the biology, anatomy, and histology of reptiles, the introductory chapters cover all major systems and provide the most complete single source for color images of reptile histology. It addresses the mechanism of reptile immunology and the response to pathogens, and explains how immunological response is key to differential diagnosis. Given the difficulty in isolating certain pathogens for identification, the book provides an overview of electron microscopy, complete with electron micrographs of reptile pathogens, and introduces the necessity of molecular methods for diagnosis. The text outlines serodiagnostics and the development and use of immunological reagents specifically designed for reptiles in tests such as indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Finally, the book devotes several chapters to the viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases known to reptiles and methods for isolating these pathogens. With up-to-the-minute data, a never-before-seen collection of images, and a stellar panel of contributors, Infectious Diseases and Pathology of Reptiles is the definitive resource forveterinarians, biologists, and researchers involved in the study of pathogens infecting reptiles.
The Last Chance Dog
Yogi, a small, scrappy Jack Russell terrier, has a pain in the neck, and after a month in the hospital, he still can't walk. Charlie, a charismatic rescued racing thoroughbred, has a bad back and can no longer stand the weight of a saddle. Mikey's posttraumatic stress syndrome transforms this wise feline into an anxious fellow who rips out clumps of belly hair. The mysterious tortoise Sheldon T. has disappeared, leaving only questions in his muddy wake, and Angel, an achingly beautiful, otherworldly cockatoo, has strange symptoms that defy every antibiotic known to science. Meet just a few of the compelling, complex characters in The Last Chance Dog, a twenty-first-century All Creatures Great and Small filled with entertaining, instructive, and moving true-life tales from the files of a pioneering holistic veterinarian. Dr. Donna Kelleher recounts her most intriguing cases as she takes us through the intuitive art of diagnosing animals and effecting miraculous cures with safe, natural treatments that succeed where conventional medicine has failed. Holistic medicine is their last chance, and over and over again, Kelleher heals with the gentle powers of acupuncture, animal nutrition, herbal treatments, and chiropractic. Her stories of unforgettable, ailing animals -- and the people who fight to save them -- are truly inspirational as she transforms the animals' health and the lives of those who love them. The Last Chance Dog includes advice on everything from vaccinations and commercial pet foods to step-by-step instructions for simple, safe remedies for a multitude of common conditions, including allergies, digestive problems, urinary tract infections, pain, hot spots, itchy skin, fear, and anxiety.
The Everything Kids Snakes Lizards and Other Scaly Creatures Book
Amazing facts and fun activities for kids who love reptiles! Get up close and personal with all types of cool reptiles in The Everything Kids' Snakes, Lizards, and Other Scaly Creatures Book! Explore the world of snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, and other cold-blooded animals of all sizes with tons of puzzles, exciting reptile facts, and do-it-yourself activities. You'll learn all about how reptiles are born, how they hunt for food, and what it takes to escape--or fight--their enemies! You'll learn how to: Tell the difference between harmless and poisonous snakes Get to know big reptiles like crocs and gators--without getting too close! Separate ancient myths from true reptilian facts Do research and learn more about the world’s wondrous reptiles Care for pet reptiles—from iguanas to tortoises Complete with 30 fun games and puzzles, this book is the ultimate guide to reptilian fun!