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Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises

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Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises

The most comprehensive book ever published on North America's native 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

Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises
Publication Date: 1 Aug 2014
Status: Available
Usually ships 2-3 business days after receipt of order.
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 208 pages
Illustrations: 19 halftones, 30 line drawings
ISBN: 9781421413778