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Reptile & Amphibian Books

  • Exploring Nature: Amazing Snakes

    Barbara Taylor

    Product Code: AGHNJ
    Hardback
    This is an exciting insight into the weird and wonderful world of snakes and how they live, with 190 pictures. It offers in-depth coverage of all aspects of how snakes live and behave - from teeth and venom to hunting and feeding. It has focus features that zoom in on particular aspects of the species, such as how a snake sheds its skin, constricts its prey, swallows its food, or hatches out from an egg. Myth boxes explore popular stories and legends about snakes from around the world. Did You Know? Spotlights provide quirky facts that will both amaze and amuse. Stunning images from renowned wildlife photographers complement intricate illustrations. This is a book that will delight and inform 8- to 12-year-olds, ideal for home or school use. Snakes are often hated, sometimes loved, but rarely understood. This sssssssuper book investigates these shy but remarkable reptiles, exploring their anatomy, instincts and survival skills. You can discover the secrets of the deadly poisoners and stranglers. You can find out why some species lay eggs while others give birth to live young. Detailed cross-section diagrams reveal the complex inner workings of a snake's body. With wonderful wildlife photographs and lively and informative text by an award-winning natural history writer, this is the perfect fun learning book.
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  • Keeping a Pet Tortoise

    AC Highfield

    Product Code: APCKA
    Hardback
    Looking after a tortoise is not simply a matter of letting it lose in the garden and allowing it to do its own thing until winter arrives. Ideally it requires a knowledgeable owner to provide the best possible standard of care. This book guides you through all the stages of looking after a tortoise and covers both the well-known Mediterranean species as well as more exotic tropical tortoises. It provides essential information on all aspects of tortoise ownership, from buying your pet to everyday well-being, housing set-ups, hibernation advice, breeding and hatchling care. The perfect starter book, written by experts, up-to-date and accessible with over 130 colour photographs.
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  • The Last Snake Man

    John Cann

    Product Code: BTCMW
    Paperback
    Every Sunday for almost a century John Cann's family ran the famous snake show in a pit at La Perouse in Sydney - an area once alive with tiger, brown and black snakes. After growing up with over 300 'pet' snakes in their backyard, John and his brother George took over the snake show from their parents in 1965. By the time John retired in 2010, he'd survived five venomous snake bites. Many of those familiar with John and his shows wouldn't know that he was also an Olympic athlete, a top state rugby league player who played alongside some of the legends of the game, a state champion boxer, an adventurer and a world authority on turtles. The Last Snake Man chronicles John's extraordinary life and times. From wrangling snakes to chasing turtles, from remote country towns to the impenetrable jungles of New Guinea, this is the story of an amazing Australian and his never-ending search for fascinating animals and adventure.
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  • The Art of Keeping Snakes

    Philippe De Vosjoil

    Product Code: AZYRN
    Paperback
    For author Philippe de Vosjoli, "art is the actualization of a personal vision or message," and de Vosjoli's passion is snakes, which he believes are among the most beautiful animals on earth. Incorporating snakes into a naturalistic vivarium, the way lizards and amphibians usually are, adds a new element to snake keeping, elevating the hobby to a true art form. In The Art of Keeping Snakes, de Vosjoli pursues this concept and provides advice for snake keepers who wish to create beautiful displays for their snakes, putting the animals' welfare and quality of life above all else and simultaneously enhancing their own enjoyment in observing their beautiful snakes in naturalistic environments. Beautifully photographed, inspiring, and informative, The Art of Keeping Snakes is divided into two parts, the first "A New Way to Keep Snakes," discusses design planning, enclosures and background possibilities, substrates, landscaping, plants, heating/lighting, quarantine and introducing the snakes to the vivarium. This part also includes chapters on feeding, handling, health care, and general maintenance and husbandry. The second part, "Best Display Snakes," presents over thirty different snakes, including photographs, physical descriptions, and tips for selection, handling, vivarium design tips, feeding, and breeding. The snakes in this part are divided into chapters, categorized by pythons, boas, water and garter snakes, hognose snakes, rat snakes, kingsnakes and milksnakes, and others. Resources and index included.
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  • Leopard Geckos For Dummies

    Liz Palika

    Product Code: APCKD
    Paperback
    Get your one-stop guide for understanding and raising this popular pet lizard. 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 colourful, 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
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  • What Reptile? A Buyer's Guide

    Christopher Mattison

    Product Code: AGMYQ
    Paperback
    In this brilliantly informative new title, compiled by expert Chris Mattison, readers will find instant, impartial advice about over 150 varieties of reptile and amphibian, including salamanders and newts, frogs and toads, tortoises and turtles, lizards, and snakes. Each entry includes a profile detailing the origin in temperament of the animal, plus question-and answer advice on how much time the owner will have to devote to it, what special equipment or housing set-up will be needed, what its care needs are, what it eats, how easily it will breed and an assessment of any possible drawbacks to round off the balance sheet.

    The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 340 colour pictures, most of them photographed in fascinating close-up detail in studio conditions, this invaluable 'buyer's guide' provides prospective new reptile keepers with easy-to-digest essential information on how to care for a wide range of exotic reptiles and amphibians. Every entry includes a price guide revealing what you can expect to pay for each animal, and the related set-up and running costs.
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  • Weird Frogs

    Chris Earley

    Product Code: ALPGH
    Paperback
    A sneak peek into the remarkable world of the tailless amphibians. Some frogs blend into the green of their ponds, and live an unremarkable existence. But some are strange looking, having adapted to a special environment. This colourful and informative book reveals a rare and close-up look at the odd beauty of some of the strangest of these creatures largely hidden from our view. Weird Frogs features: Beautiful photographs that show the frogs up close - really close; Informative captions that provide fascinating details about the lives of these endangered and fascinating creatures. Available in hardback and paperback, the book will appeal to middle school students exploring topic ideas, younger students interested in wildlife and advanced readers who enjoy picture books.
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  • Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians

    Product Code: AKQDG
    Paperback
    Have the world in your hands with these compact, affordable, illustrated natural history guides. From tiny frogs in the rainforest to giant tropical crocodiles, leaf through Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians profiling the world's snakes, reptiles and amphibians. Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the snakes, reptiles and other amphibians featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With detailed sections on what a reptile or amphibian is, their reproduction and their feeding habits, Nature Guide Snakes and Other Reptiles and Amphibians is the ideal identification guide.
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  • Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins

    Ronald Orenstein

    Product Code: AFNMH
    Hardback
    Since this book was first published a decade ago, turtle, tortoise and terrapin species have continued to suffer from human intervention. Sought for food, as pets and for tortoiseshell they are under attack on land and sea and populations are in decline around the world due to loss of habitat and food sources. At the same time, however, humans have been working hard to ensure the survival of turtles, tortoises and terrapins. Understanding these species is not only interesting but critical to their future. Turtles, tortoises and terrapins have been on Earth since the Triassic Period, approximately 200 million years ago. It has long been unclear from which group of reptiles turtles sprang. Although the earliest fossils are clearly turtles, their anatomy changed dramatically over time. In addition, turtle species vary greatly in such basic characteristics as anatomy and habitat preferences. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins surveys turtle anatomy, their habitat and life cycles throughout the ages, bringing the knowledge up to date with recent discoveries and research. Contents include: Why Turtles Matter; What Turtles Are; How Turtles Live; Will Turtles Survive? Turtles of the World; Turtle Watching; How to Help Conserve Turtles. The battle to save turtles goes on, and this book provides an important voice in turtle ecology. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins is the perfect resource for anyone interested in these amazing and diverse reptiles.
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