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.
In over 200 pages, this colorful volume analyzes the needs of insect-eating lizards, of which there are literally thousands of species. Some lizards (the ones with generic housing and dietary requirements) are easy to maintain, though others have very specific needs (in terms of temperature, diet, humidity, etc.). As stated in the introduction, “The purpose of this book is to give herpetoculturists, both beginners and those more experienced, as well as pet industry personnel, a broad base of knowledge that will allow them to successfully keep a variety of insect-eating lizards.” Colorfully illustrated, The Lizard Keeper’s Manual provides chapter-length coverage on the following topics: selecting the right species of lizard, locating and purchasing a healthy lizard, quarantine and acclimation, types of vivaria, enclosures, vivarium design, heating, cooling/hibernation, lighting, humidity/ventilation, feeding/nutrition, handling, shipping/receiving, and diseases and disorders. The author recommends a number of excellent species for keepers, including geckos, chameleons, skinks, agamids, monitors, anoles, basilisks, as well as other large and miniature species. The chapter titled “Essential Concepts” is a crash course in herpetology, offering the reader an overview of the ontogeny (life stages), climatic and landscape factors, diet, water, and diseases of the lizard family. The chapter “General Guidelines for Popular Insect-Eating Lizards,” which covers over thirty different lizards in terms of their requirements and descriptions, is an outstanding resource for lizard keepers looking to expand the population of their vivaria. Appendices and index included.
The ball python is arguably the most popular constrictor available in captivity today, and its an exhilarating time to be involved in keeping these snakes. Stunning new color and pattern morphs are introduced every year, along with more husbandry resources than a keeper can shake a snake at.
Kevin McCurley, owner of New England Reptile Distributors (NERD) and a devoted python breeder, presents two decades of his expertise in keeping and breeding these wonderful pet snakes. On the cutting edge of new ball python mutations, McCurleys Killer Bees, Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Spiders, and others exhibit a myriad of color and pattern that captivate beginning hobbyists and advanced professional snake breeders alike.
Ball Pythons in Captivity presents McCurleys experience on every aspect of these beautiful snakes, thoroughly detailing their caging, feeding, health issues, breeding, egg incubation, and much more. This book takes the reader on a journey through the lives and behavior of ball pythons and presents in striking color some of the most incredible, eye-popping genetic morphs that have been developed by python breeders across the planet.
Reptiles are now kept in one out of every seven pet homes, so it's no surprise that millions have gone gaga for geckos. This fun, easy-to-follow guide provides the scoop on caring for these colorful, gentle creatures, with savvy tips on everything from diet and exercise to housing and veterinary care. The book covers how to properly handle a gecko, what to do if a gecko drops his tail, how to keep the right cage temperatures, ways to protect geckos from other pets, and where to find the best supplies.
Liz Palika (Oceanside, CA) is an award-winning pet writer with more than 45 books to her credit, including Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies.
The Crested Gecko, Rhacodactylus ciliatus, is one of six species and two subspecies in the genus Rhacodactylus. In nature, these wonderful, robust geckos live in the mysterious forests of New Caledonia. Despite being introduced into reptile keeping in 1994, the Crested Gecko has quickly become one of the most exciting animals available to reptile hobbyists. It has proven to be a hardy species and one of the easiest to maintain and breed in captivity. Since the Crested Gecko is rapidly becoming popular with reptile enthusiasts, and many of these enthusiasts are new to the hobby, all aspects of keeping and breeding healthy specimens are presented in this book. In this updated version of Crested Geckos in Captivity, reptile breeder Robbie Hamper presents insight into the captive care of Rhacodactylus leachianus, Rhacodactylus auriculatus, and information on the other exciting geckos in this genus.
The series is known as one of the most beautiful on the kindle. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color tablet.
Lots of facts and photos will help your children learn about this wonderful animal. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of Komodo Dragons: anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.
*** You and your kids will love learning about Komodo Dragons
Table of Contents
1. Komodo Dragon Facts
2. What is a Komodo Dragon?
3. What Do Komodo Dragons Look Like?
4. Where Do Komodo Dragons Live?
5. The Komodo Dragon Home
6. The Komodo Dragons Senses.
7. What Do Komodo Dragons Eat?
8. What Eats the Komodo Dragon?
9. The Komodo Dragon Family
10. Komodo Dragons in Captivity
11. Why are Komodo Dragons Vulnerable?
12. When Komodo Dragons Attack
13. Can I keep a Komodo Dragon as a Pet?
Komodo Dragon Facts
• Komodo dragons are also known as Varanus Komodoensis, komodo monitor, the komodo island monitor,blawak rakasa (this means giant monitor) or ora buaya darat (this means land crocodile)
• Komodo dragons are large lizards.
• Lizards are a type of animal called a reptile.
• Komodo dragons do not breathe fire like the dragons in story books.
• They are the largest living species of lizard.
• They were officially discovered by western scientists in 1910.
• They are classified as vulnerable which means that they are at risk of extinction.
• The biggest ever recorded komodo dragon in the wild was 10ft long ( 3.13 meters) and weighed 370 lb (166 kg)
• Their size has been called island gigantism by scientists. Many believe that the komodo dragon has become so big because there are no other predators where they live and they have their pick of prey.
• Other scientists feel that the size of the komodo dragon shows a direct link between them and their ancestors; the varanid lizards. These extinct creatures once lived in Australia and Indonesia.
• When a komodo dragon in a zoo needs a blood test, two zoo keepers have to hold it down because it is so powerful, and it does not like blood tests!
• It can run up to 15mph.
• A komodo dragon will attack animals bigger than itself. No other lizard will do this.
• A komodo dragon will keep growing new teeth to replace those that have fallen off or broken while eating.
• Its saliva is poisonous.
• In 2011Komodo was included in the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” list.
• Komodo dragons are carnivores.
• 3 stuffed komodo dragons can be still seen today in the American Museum of Natural History. They were brought back from an expedition to the Indonesian Islands in 1926 by Douglas Burden.
• Burden also brought back 2 live komodo dragons that were put in a show where people paid a lot of money to see these dragons tied up on a stage. This would never happen today because people would say it was cruel. It was this show that inspired the movie makers to create a famous old film called King Kong from 1933. (it was later remade in 2005) This is about a giant gorilla that is taken from its home and put in a show in America. In the film King Kong escapes from the show to wreak havoc in New York City. The komodo dragons never did that.
Stutesman examines a wide range of sources to investigate the complex and widespread symbolism the snake has inspired, including the serpent's temptation of Eve in the Bible, Kaa in The Jungle Book, the Chinese zodiac, Indian snake charmers, and the Hollywood film Anaconda. She looks at the role snakes have played in human culture and science, from snake cuisine and the use of venom in medicine to the intriguing history of snake symbolism in art, architecture, cinema, and even clothing. Richly illustrated and written in an engaging style, Snake is an invaluable resource for snake enthusiasts and scholars, as well as for all who love, admire, or fear this fascinating and enduring animal.
Chameleons are the exotic dragons of herpetoculture. They fascinate us with their methodical behaviors and unusual physical attributes. Beyond their unusual physicality and their curious nature, a chameleon in captivity has specific husbandry needs that require diligence and understanding for long-term success and a natural lifespan. Their needs aren't difficult, but they are very necessary. Chameleons will not thrive long with improper husbandry. Of course, knowledge is the key. With every keeper out there, a new variation on a theory is available. Many theories work, some don't. This book by Connie Dorval of Arboreal Exotics is meant to discuss information that has worked very successfully in terms of keeping and breeding chameleons in captivity for many years.pets.
Bestselling author John Davidson presents "Snakes For Kids – Amazing Animal Books For Young Readers". Beautiful Pictures and easy reading format will help children fall in love with Snakes. This is one of over 20 books in the Amazing Animal Books for Young Readers Series.
The series is known as one of the most beautiful on the ereaders. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color ereaders.
Lots of facts and photos will help your children learn about this wonderful animal. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of this beautiful animal: its anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.
*** You and your kids will love learning about Snakes***
Table of Contents
Boa Snakes, Water Snakes
Pythons and Rattlesnakes
Most Dangerous Snakes
How Can I Help?
Fun Facts About Snakes
About the Author
Did you know that snakes are one of the most misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom? In this book we are going to learn about snakes. We are going to talk about where they live, how they hunt, what they eat, and learn some fun and interesting facts about snakes. One thing that is very interesting about snakes is that some species lay eggs to hatch and other species give birth to live young. As we talk about each different snake keep an eye out for which ones lay eggs and which have live babies. Snakes are also grouped together in different families just like humans! We will learn a few of the snake families and some of the snakes that belong to them.
Today there are 6,800 reptile species on earth; the major groups are
alligators and crocodiles, turtles, lizards, and snakes.
Reptiles are tetrapods and amniotes, animals whose embryos are surrounded by
an amniotic membrane. Today they are represented by four surviving orders:
crocodilia (crocodiles, caimans and alligators), sphenodontia (tuataras from New
Zealand, squamata (lizards, snakes and amphisbaenids - "worm-lizards"), and
Inside The Bearded Dragon Manual:
•History and characteristics of the different types of bearded dragons
•How to select bearded dragons as pets or for breeding
•Creating a comfortable habitat for your bearded dragon with proper heat and lighting
•Understanding typical bearded-dragon behavior
•Feeding your dragon a nutritionally sound diet throughout its life
•Recognizing signs of disease and how to handle health issues
•Informative health and feeding charts as well as helpful answers to dragon-keeping FAQs
•Close to 100 color photographs, including a section dedicated to beautifully colored morphs
•A special chapter on the care and breeding of frilled dragons
Do you have an iguana, or are you considering bringing one home as a pet? This easy-to-read care sheet will help make your new pet a lifelong friend.
The two most important things to remember about iguanas are that they will get BIG…you absolutely cannot limit their size by keeping them in a small environment…and they must be handled every single day or they will go wild. If you can provide the space and attention an iguana needs, then this care sheet may be exactly what you were looking for!
Corn Snakes are the ultimate success story in the captive bred reptile industry. They have been bred in ever-increasing numbers since the late 1960s and are available to hobbyists in a myriad of colors and patterns. Every year, new and exciting morphs are produced and the possibilities appear to be endless. Corn Snakes not only provide keepers with exciting genetics projects, but they are the most gentle and easy to handle of all pet snakes.
In Corn Snakes in Captivity, Don Soderberg of South Mountain Reptiles provides readers with an inspiring book for the keepers of these fascinating pets. The genus Pantherophis has been his passion for over twenty-five years. He is known worldwide as a Corn Snake specialist who is detail-oriented and passionate about these wonderful snakes.
Boas in Captivity was written to help educate herpetoculturists and hobbyists about the natural history of Boa constrictor and also their captive care including housing, feeding, health issues, breeding, and raising of healthy young boas. The fascinating color morphs and pattern anomalies that occur are presented in text and beautiful photos in the Photo Gallery.
Boa constrictors are indigenous to Central America and South America. These complex snakes have the largest geographic range of any reptile on Earth, spanning two continents from the Sonoran Desert in Mexico to Argentina, South America comprising a geographic range of over 6 million square miles. Their habitats range from lowland desert oasis to mountainous rainforest.
Vin Russo has been keeping snakes since he was a small boy. In recent years, he has revealed himself as one of the top boa breeders in the world with a collection that includes some of the most amazing color morphs and pattern anomalies seen anywhere. Vin presents in Boas in Captivity everything a keeper will need to know to properly house and care for these amazing reptile pets.
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.