Provides information on the Red-footed tortoise, Yellow-footed tortoise, and Chaco tortoise from all parts of the continent in one fantastic book. Covers the gamut from an analysis of nomenclatural history of the three species to detailed examination of captive culture conditions for each species. Other topics include extensive referencing of predecessor findings, parasitology, to existing protective legislation. 278 full-color photographs, maps, and tables.
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This is a slick, beautiful, and well-researched book in the best tradition of the German herpetoculturalists. (In general, European reptile keepers are years ahead of Americans, and tend to base their cares on field studies, cooperative research, etc.)
This book covers the three mainland South American Tortoises- Red- and Yellow-foots and Chacos- in more depth than I have ever seen covered in one place before. Taxonomy, fossil record, in-depth descriptions, detailed habitat ranges, and more. They pull information from hundreds of sources to present a well-rounded picture of these species. Just the section discussing the history of the scientific names is longer than many tortoise care articles. 17 pages of bibliographies, 20 pages on reproduction, 42 pages on threats and conservation measures alone, for crying out loud!
While I have not read it in-depth yet, I found a lot of surprises... - no one knows squat about Cherryheads in the wild - no one REALLY...
this is a great book,gives all the information you might need for the South American Tortoises !
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