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Naultinus Naultinus elegans & Naultinus grayii Biology, Husbandry and Breeding

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By: Hermann Seufer(Author), Nicolas Defabiani(Author), Tony Jewell(Preface By)
128 pages, 151 colour photos and b/w line drawings
Publisher: Edition Chimaira
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  • Naultinus ISBN: 9783899733549 Hardback Dec 2023 In stock
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This monograph describes the biology, husbandry, and breeding of Naultinus elegans and Naultinus grayii, two species of endemic New Zealand geckos that are vulnerable to extinction due to the introduction of exotic predators such as mice, cats, stoats, weasels, ferrets, and hedgehogs to New Zealand. At first glance, keeping these geckos in captivity on the other side of the planet may not seem to have anything to do with species conservation. Such efforts, however, are allowing for the establishment of several independent groups that can serve as genetic reservoirs. These animals are isolated from the threats that geckos may suffer in their native country. Keeping them in captivity furthermore aids in developing knowledge of gecko behaviour, biology, and care conditions. This book shares the high levels of expertise behind their care and breeding.

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  • Book well received in New Zealand
    By Rod 27 Jan 2024 Written for Hardback
    Gecko keepers and breeders in New Zealand sometimes feel a little isolated, as legal export of our gecko species has been very difficult since the 1980s. So it's great to read that successful breeding of Naultinus geckos has been achieved over many years in Europe. New Zealand keepers have had captive breeding success using outdoor caging in the geckos' country of origin, and have generally been somewhat skeptical of attempts to deviate from the methods that have always been used locally. The authors have had to adapt husbandry practices to encompass the climatic differences between New Zealand and Europe, and have made remarkable achievements in this regard. I think this book is not only vital reading for those aspiring to keep and breed these beautiful species outside of their native country, it is also equally valuable to New Zealand keepers in providing a fresh perspective. There have always been difficulties in achieving sustainable captive breeding of some New Zealand species outside of their home range, i.e. South Island species do not do well in the North Island. I am sure that the approach taken by the authors of this book could prove to be a starting point in overcoming this issue.

    Many of the brilliant photos in the book have been provided by people well-known in the New Zealand herpetological community, and it is great to see this degree of cooperation across the miles, in producing a book which I am sure will prove to be a landmark publication.
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Monograph
By: Hermann Seufer(Author), Nicolas Defabiani(Author), Tony Jewell(Preface By)
128 pages, 151 colour photos and b/w line drawings
Publisher: Edition Chimaira
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