Packed with tips to care for your special critter. Choose the right lizard, turtle, or snake – and give your pet the best care
Fanatical about frogs? Gaga over geckos? This essential guide tells you what you must know before you own a reptile or amphibian, with authoritative advice on everything from proper caging and feeding to health care, socializing, transporting, and more. You'll find out about the different species, normal and abnormal behavior, the basics of breeding, and complying with laws.
Part I: So You Want a Reptile or Amphibian?
Chapter 1: Is a Reptile or Amphibian for You?
Chapter 2: Deciding Which Herp Is Right for You
Chapter 3: Reptiles 101
Chapter 4: Tailed or Not: The Basic Amphibian
Part II: Finding Your Herp and Setting Up Shop
Chapter 5: Finding the Herp of Your Dreams
Chapter 6: Handling Your Herp
Chapter 7: Indoor Caging Basics
Chapter 8: Giving Your Herp a Home in the Great Outdoors
Chapter 9: Let There Be Light — and Heat
Chapter 10: Do the Locomotion
Part III: Open Wide! Feeding, Hydration, and Health
Chapter 11: Water Me! Feed Me!
Chapter 12: An Apple (or Mouse) a Day Keeps the Vet Away
Chapter 13: How Long Can This Relationship Last?
Part IV: The Birds and the Bees, and Legalities
Chapter 14: To Breed or Not to Breed: That Is the Question
Chapter 15: Making Babies
Chapter 16: Tending to the Young’uns
Chapter 17: Keeping It Legal
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 18: Ten Reasons to See Your Veterinarian
Chapter 19: Ten U.S. Zoos with Great Herp Collections
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Become More Involved with Herps
Appendix: Species Account of Popular Herps
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