Philippe De Vosjoli - The Box Turtle Manual
The Box Turtle Manual seeks to "help prospective owners keep their turtles healthy and happy.” Given the low price tag placed on a box turtle in a pet shop, many casual shoppers add a box turtle to their household without preparation or knowledge about how to keep the animal alive. Since quality information is difficult to find on box turtles, Philippe de Vosjoli and Dr. Roger Klingenberger remedy the situation with this Advanced Vivarium Systems edition dedicated to box turtles. The authors believe that these popular and beautiful turtles "may teach you one or two lessons about the delicate balance of life, natural law, and the many ways in which intelligence in manifested in nature.” The book presents background information and guidelines for caring for a box turtle, including selecting a health specimen, acclimating the turtle, indoor and outdoor housing, heating and lighting requirements, feeding and handling, hibernation and breeding. The authors recommend three specific species of box turtles as good pet candidates: they provide photos and information on ornate box turtles, common Asian box turtles, and Chinese box turtles. Dr. Klingenberger provides a chapter on diseases and disorders that gives specific advice about dealing with dehydration, nutritional problems, parasitic problems, and vitamin deficiency. A five-page troubleshooting chart for health problems concludes the chapter. Resources and index included.
Holger Vetter - Turtles of the World / Schildkröten der Welt 5.
This volume of TERRALOG is a portrayal of the chelonians of Australia and Oceania. The geographic range covered in this book includes: Australia, New-Guinea, New Zealand and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Australia and New Guinea are home to numerous species of the genus Chelodina (widely known as snake-necked turtles), but also to unique species such as the Pig-nosed Turtle or the May River Turtle. With over 400 color photographs and 35 color distribution maps for all species, this volume of TERRALOG is a unique reference for everyone - from the hobbyist to the scientist. This makes it a fascinating photographic overview of the amazing diversity of Australian and Oceanian turtles. Also included at the end of this book is an appendix for the previous 4 volumes of TERRALOG: Turtles of the World. It is an update for the taxa that were described or revalidated after the publication of volumes 1 to 4 respectively. This volume 5 concludes the TERRALOG series about the Turtles of the World.
Holger Vetter - Turtles of the World / Schildkröten der Welt 3.
Central and South American turtles, including the impressive Galapagos tortoises as well as the various genera of the family Chelidae, are covered in this third volume of TERRALOG. It serves as supplement to volume two by presenting the remaining members of the genera Chelydra, Kinosternon, Rhinoclemmys, Terrapene, and Trachemys. Where possible, more than one individual is shown, as well as photos of their habitat, sexual dimorphism, peculiarities of the carapace and plastron, mating, oviposition, hatching, and juveniles. Descriptive symbols of their captive needs appear for each species. With 500 color photographs and color distribution maps for all species, this volume of TERRALOG is a unique reference for everyone, from the hobbyist to the scientist. It presents a fascinating insight into the amazing diversity of Central and South American turtles and tortoises. Hardcover and 128 pages.
Holger Vetter - Turtles of the World / Schildkröten der Welt 4.
This volume of TERRALOG is a portrayal of the Chelonians of East and South Asia. Most members of the families Geoemydidae and Trionychidae inhabit the geographic range covered in this book, from Pakistan to Japan and from Russia to Indonesia. The diversity of the South and East Asian Chelonian fauna is even more enriched by numerous forms that have meanwhile been identified as hybrids. A great many of these forms are portrayed in a separate chapter. With a total of 600 color photographs and color distribution maps for all species, this volume of TERRALOG is a unique reference for everyone, from the hobbyist to the scientist. This makes it a fascinating photographic overview of the amazing diversity of East and South Asian turtles and Tortoises.
Chris Mattison - Keeping And Breeding Snakes
A fully revised edition of the classic book on snake care! Featuring the most up-to-date equipment, expanded facts on feeding, and newly written species accounts, along with 70 full-color photographs and updated diagrams, this guide provides all the essentials that every snake-keeper should know. * Set the correct degree of temperature, humidity, and light for your snake to thrive--it not only wants to be warm, it needs to be. * Fix up a cage in ways that make snakes feel comfortable and secure. * Keep your snake healthy with valuable advice on disease prevention, covering overhandling; the introduction of wild species into a cage; bacterial, viral, and parasite infections; and other miscellaneous problems. * Mate and breed snakes--even incubate eggs. Plus--special information on selective breeding. * Full species accounts include boas, pythons, colubrid, venomous, and small snakes. You'll turn to this handbook again and again!
Chris Mattison - What Reptile?
The popularity of snakes, turtles, frogs, and other exotic pets is growing. It's estimated that nearly 5 million households in North America own at least one reptile or amphibian. It's exciting that so many people enjoy exotic pets; however, new owners must realize these animals need special care to flourish in captivity. What Reptile? provides prospective owners with vital advice for choosing and caring for more than 150 species of reptiles and amphibians. Each entry details: Animal temperament and habits Special equipment and housing Daily care needs and breeding habits Animal pricing and care costs Potential drawbacks that new owners should know Don't purchase an exotic pet without first consulting this book. It could be the most important step in providing a beloved animal with a safe and happy home.
Jerry G. Walls - Uromastyx
Uromastyx are beautiful pets. These large lizards are more than just pretty faces - they also have strict requirements for temperature, humidity, and diet. This revised edition includes expert-written advice on selecting, feeding, and caring for your pet, as well as tips on breeding, health maintenance, and housing. A special chapter showcases popular species - such as the ornate and Egyptian uros - that are now easy to find, keep and breed. You'll also learn about other common agamids including sailfin lizards, frilled dragons, and painted agamas. Make sure your Herpetocultural Library is complete with this essential guide to responsible reptile care.
Philippe De Vosjoli - The Boa Constrictor Manual
Still the most popular large snake in the pet world, the boa constrictor of South America is a hardy, beautiful snake that is fairly docile and considered safe when handled properly. In The Boa Constrictor Manual, world-renowned herp expert Philippe de Vosjoli has written a concise and useful guide, well illustrated with color photographs, that offers all of the information a boa keeper needs to maintain a pet snake safely and in the best of health. This Advanced Vivarium Systems title includes information about selecting and purchasing a healthy boa constrictor, proper housing and maintenance needs, feeding, and safe handling. Dr. Roger Klingenberg, a herp veterinary specialist, has written a special health chapter on diseases and disorders, with particular emphasis on the dreaded boa AIDS (inclusion body disease or IBD) as well as parasitism, respiratory disease, and more. The chapter concludes with a six-page chart on troubleshooting health concerns, which all boa constrictor keepers will find useful for general upkeep and recognizing and dealing with serious issues. Beyond the husbandry and health of boa constrictors, this book offers an excellent chapter by Jeff Ronne on breeding Colombia boa constrictors, beginning with the size and health of breeding and animals and the female’s cycling to the birth and care of newborns. Resources and index included.
Chris Mattison - Bearded Dragons
This brand-new addition to B.E.S. profusely illustrated Mini Encyclopedia Series describes the many Bearded Dragon varieties and color forms that are available to terrarium hobbyists. Most Bearded Dragons are large and all are active, which means that owners must pay special attention to secure caging and housing arrangements. Part One of this book covers all aspects of Bearded Dragon ownership, including cage or terrarium design, controlling heating, lighting, and humidity in a terrarium, keeping lizards in outdoor enclosures, feeding and recommended food supplements, health care, and breeding. This volume's Part Two presents illustrated profiles of more than 20 different species. The book features more than 400 color photos.
Philippe De Vosjoli - Crested Geckos
Illustrated with over 150 color photographs, Crested Geckos is an authoritative, visual guide to this very popular lizard species. For their amazing colors and patterns, low maintenance requirements, longevity, and attractive appearance, crested geckos have captured the fancy of hobbyists. Crested Geckos provides guidelines for keepers who wish to select a crested gecko to add to their vivarium and to maintain their pet in excellent health and condition. Author Philippe de Vosjoli provides an introduction to crested gecko, including information about purchasing a healthy pet, handling, heating and housing, water and feeding, life cycle and sexing, and breeding. A separate chapter on diseases and disorders provides solid info on the health needs of these rewarding reptiles, including recognizing signs of disease, tail loss and pelvic deformities. The author has also written two chapters devoted to the color of crested geckos, their most alluring feature for many herpetoculturists. The chapters include discussions of color changes (as the gecko matures) and morphs, heavily illustrated with photographs of unusually colored crested geckos. For crested gecko keepers looking to expand their home populations, a chapter on the Rhacodactylus species describes five species with similar requirements despite their significantly different appearances, from the medium-sized knobby-headed gargoyle gecko to the giant Rhacodactylus leachianus.
Philippe De Vosjoli - Roger Klingerberg - Burmese Pythons
The Burmese pythons, the subject of this care guide, is a giant snake with specific feeding, housing, and handling requirements, that is not ideal for most hobbyists and an unusual choice as a pet. Nonetheless, author Philippe de Vosjoli notes in the first chapter that his favorite snake was indeed a Burmese python, as no other snake has ever equaled this particular animal in terms of personality and responsiveness.” Indeed, he says, the Burmese python’s docile nature has done much to help dispel scary myths and misconceptions about snakes in general. For snake hobbyists interested in purchasing and keeping this gentle giant, Burmese Pythons is an excellent introduction to the selection and purchase of a healthy snake offering no-nonsense advice about handling, housing, feeding, and breeding these snakes. The author’s chapter titled How Accidents Happen” presents commonsense tips about handling Burmese pythons, discussing bites, the tail, and constriction, essential reading for all keepers, regardless of their experience level. Dr. Roger Klingenberg offers a chapter on diseases and disorders which proves useful and informative. A fully illustrated chapter dedicated to other large pythons offers information about size, longevity, morphs, maintenance, and breeding for the following giant snakes: the Indian python (a subspecies to the Asiatic rock python, like the Burmese python), the Sri Lankan python, the reticulated python, and the African rock python. Resources and index included.
R. D. Bartlett - Patricia Bartlett - The Iguana Handbook
The Information You Need to Raise an Active and Healthy Iguana Facts, advice, and fascinating insights tell you all you need to know about: Purchase Nutrition Health Care Maintaining an Optimal Terrarium Environment and much more Filled with color photos and instructive line illustrations
Philippe De Vosjoli - The Green Iguana Manual
It’s hard to resist a friendly dinosaur, and the green iguana’s enormous popularity rests on that amusing truism. This large lizard presents few difficulties and for keepers and can live for a couple of decades. One of the authors’ purposes of The Green Iguana Manual is to promote responsible ownership for this noble lizard that can grow to be the size of a medium size dog with an unusually long, leathery tail! The Green Iguana Manual takes a close look at the characteristics of this species that have made these attractive lizards so amazingly popular in the pet world as well as their lifelong requirements. Author and herp expert Philippe de Vosjoli is joined by iguana specialists Dr. Roger Klingenberg, Dr. Susan Donoghue, and David Blair, who each contribute special chapters to this up-to-date and authoritative guide. This colorfully illustrated guide provides excellent general guidelines for keepers who wish to add a green iguana to their vivarium and maintain their prehistoric” pet in excellent health and condition. The authors provide an introduction to basic iguana characteristics including distribution, size, longevity, and varieties and morphs, to help beginners better understand the anatomy and behavior of these fascinating lizards. This Advanced Vivarium Systems title includes information about selecting a healthy green iguana, handling, housing needs, breeding, and life stages. Dr. Donoghue provides the chapter Diet and Feeding Management,” which discusses food sources, supplementation, and feeding guidelines for green iguanas of all ages. Dr. Klingenberg provides the chapter on diseases and disorders, which covers nutritional and metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, reproductive disorders, parasites, and environmental issues. The chapter concludes with a very useful five-page troubleshooting chart for common disorders. The book also discusses the iguanas of the West Indies (chapter by Blair) as well as seven other iguanid lizards, such as the spiny-tailed iguana, Fiji Island iguana, and chuckwallas.
Philippe De Vosjoli - The Bearded Dragon Manual
The Bearded Dragon Manual provides the essential information all devoted bearded dragon owners need to meet the demands of these beautiful, naturally tame reptiles. Since reptiles are cold-blooded creatures, most humans don't instinctively understand their requirements the way they understand the needs of a cat or dog. Herp expert Philippe de Vosjoli and his team of veterinarians and authors seek to make keepers confident in their ability to properly care for their bearded dragons through this most informative book. A key component of caring for bearded dragons, according to the authors, is recognizing that their needs change as they develop. De Vosjoli states in the introduction to the book, "Looking at the life stages of bearded dragons also made [the authors] aware that, like humans, they undergo changes in growth and behavior, which may require the dedicated owner to make adjustments in husbandry (and general care) to meet the needs of each life style." The Bearded Dragon Manual is the first book to present this information that is so critical to the proper maintenance of these very popular reptiles. Colorfully illustrated, The Bearded Dragon Manual provides chapter-length coverage on the following topics: selecting a dragon, making a home for a dragon, heating and lighting, diet and feeding management, and behavior. The feeding chapter, which includes as age-by-age guide to nutrition, was co-written with veterinarian Dr. Susan Donoghue. A chapter on breeding discusses strategies for breeding dragons, requirements, conditioning, incubation, and potential problems encountered. Lizard vet extraordinaire Dr. Roger Klingenberg has written a chapter on recognizing and treating bearded dragon diseases, in which he discusses how to recognize a sick dragon, various internal and external parasites, nutritional disorders as well as kidney disease, prolapses, egg-binding, respiratory infections, and eye problems. The chapter concludes with a four-page chart for troubleshooting health problems. Herb expert Jerry Cole has provided a special chapter on frilled dragons, an agamid similar to the bearded dragon that has attracted many bearded dragon fans.
Philippe De Vosjoli - Red-Eared Sliders: From the Experts at Advanced Vivarium Systems
When kept properly, red-eared sliders will delight their owners with their beauty, intelligence fascinating behaviors, and a lifespan of up to 25 years or longer. Learn how to simulate aspects of a pond or lake in your home vivarium, how to determine the sex of your turtle, how to breed red-eared sliders along with proven techniques for feeding, heating, filtering the water and the use of plants. You'll be amazed by what you didn't know! Color photos of different morphs and other popular freshwater turtles.