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Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide

Popular Science

Series: The Animal Answer Guides

By: Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene

163 pages, 35 colour photos, 64 halftones, 1 line drawing

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Dec 2009 | #181563 | ISBN-13: 9780801893506
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Hardback | Dec 2009 | #181562 | ISBN-13: 9780801893490
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About this book

Ever wondered how many kinds of turtles there are? Or if they have teeth? Why so many turtles have yellow stripes on their neck? If it is wise to feed turtles in your neighborhood pond or lake? Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene, two internationally known turtle biologists, provide complete answers to the most frequently asked questions about the more than 300 turtles, tortoises, and terrapin species of the world. From the palm-sized bog turtles of the United States to the great oceanic leatherbacks, turtles across the globe are admired for their persistence, patience, and resilience.

They are favorites of scientific study and beloved pets throughout the world. With a friendly mix of scientific analysis and basic encyclopedic coverage, Gibbons and Greene discuss a broad range of turtle topics, including behavior, ecology, reproduction and development, turtle-human relationships, and the appearance of turtles in popular literature. With attractive photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, "Gibbons and Greene" answer more than 100 common questions about these remarkable creatures. Readers who want answers to specific questions or just want to expand their knowledge about these unique and interesting animals will find the information they seek in this essential reference.

&i;"Turtles, with their strange anatomy and ancient pedigree, never cease to amaze people. Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene have been faced with every conceivable question about the 300 or so species of these endearing reptiles, and in this book they have succeeded splendidly in coming up with the answers."&o;
- Peter C. H. Pritchard, Chelonian Research Institute.

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Whit Gibbons is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia. He writes the weekly environmental column, Ecoviews, and is the author or editor of eleven books, including Snakes of the Southeast. Judy Greene is the herpetology research coordinator at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and has coauthored, with Dr. Gibbons, a number of scholarly articles on herpetology and ecology.