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Popular Tortoises   By Philippe de Vosjoli.  70 Pages. ©1996.

Tortoises are among the most endangered families of reptiles; thus choosing one for a pet carries a large amount of responsibility.  Use this comprehensive manual to guide you through the various life stages of a tortoise so you may give your pet a long a healthy life.  Everything you need to know from how to select the right tortoise – including personality differences between species and how to determine the sex of your tortoise – to housing information is featured in this book.  

Other topics discussed in this revised version are: food and water requirements; proper hibernation and quarantine techniques; and common diseases, disorders and treatments.  Updated photos and information on a variety of popular tortoises, such as leopard, African spurred, Russian, pancake, red- and yellow-footed, and Burmese brown, are also included.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • General Information: Before You Buy
  • Guidelines for Selecting Healthy Animals
  • Quarantine and Acclimation
  • Housing
  • Heating, Lighting, and Humidity
  • Feeding and Watering
  • Hibernation (Brumation)
  • Ontogeny and Life Stages
  • Notes on Various Species
  • Diseases and Disorders
  • Handling
  • Unwanted Tortoises
  • Recommended Reading

The highly acclaimed Advanced Vivarium Systems® books, founded and guided by herpetocultural pioneer Philippe de Vosjoli, are the No. 1 books on reptile care.  From Choosing a pet, to selecting a veterinarian, to feeding, housing, breeding, and more, these books deliver the most helpful and up-to-date information available on popular reptiles and amphibians kept as pets.