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Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises

, 208 pages

19 halftones, 30 line drawings

June 2014



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Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises

Tortoises, those unmistakable turtles, evolved from a lineage that split off from the familiar pond turtles roughly 100 million years ago. Over time, these plant-eating land turtles spread around the world, growing to an enormous size (depending on the species) and living so long that they have become the stuff of legends. By most accounts, they are indeed the longest-lived of the turtles, with good records suggesting individuals may live as long as 180 years (anecdotal records suggest that some reach ages of 200 years or more).

Providing the first comprehensive treatment of North America’s tortoises, Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises brings together leading experts to give an overview of tortoise morphology, taxonomy, systematics, paleontology, physiology, ecology, behavior, reproduction, diet, growth, health, and conservation. The contributors carefully combine their own expertise and observations with results from studies conducted by hundreds of other researchers. The result is a book that belongs in the library of every herpetologist.

Gustavo Aguirre L.
Linda J. Allison
Matthew J. Aresco
Roy C. Averill-Murray
Joan E. Berish
Kristin H. Berry
Dennis M. Bramble
K. Kristina Drake
Taylor Edwards
Todd C. Esque
Richard Franz
Craig Guyer
J. Scott Harrison
Sharon M. Hermann
J. Howard Hutchison
Elliott R. Jacobson
Valerie M. Johnson
Richard T. Kazmaier
Earl D. McCoy
Philip A. Medica
Robert W. Murphy
Henry R. Mushinsky
Kenneth E. Nussear
Michael P. O’Connor
Thomas A. Radzio
David C. Rostal
Lora L. Smith
James R. Spotila
Craig B. Stanford
C. Richard Tracy
Tracey D. Tuberville
Michael Tuma
Thane Wibbels

David C. Rostal is a professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University. Earl D. McCoy is the associate chairman of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida. Henry R. Mushinsky is a Kosove Graduate Professor and graduate director for the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida.

"A vital tool and reference base for researchers and conservationists, with the added bonus that there is plenty of informatin that could be applied to other species worldwide."

"A valuable resource for public and academic libraries."

"... Valuable additions to the collections of herpetologists and conservation biologists... Comprehensive..."

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