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North American Box Turtles: A Natural History [Paperback]

C. Kenneth Dodd Jr.

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Aug. 5 2002 Animal Natural History Series

Once a familiar backyard visitor in many parts of the United States and Mexico, the box turtle is losing the battle against extinction. In North American Box Turtles, C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., has written the first book-length natural history of the twelve species and subspecies of this endangered animal. This volume includes comprehensive information on the species’ evolution, behavior, courtship and reproduction, habitat use, diet, population structure, systematics, and disease. Special features include color photos of all species, subspecies, and their habitats; a simple identification guide to both living and fossil species; and a summary of information on fossil Terrapene and Native uses of box turtles. End-of-chapter sections highlight future research directions, including the need for long-term monitoring and observation of box turtles within their natural habitat and conservation applications. A glossary and a bibliography of literature on box turtles accompany the text.

All royalties from the sales of this volume will go to the Chelonian Research Foundation, a nonprofit foundation for the conservation of turtles.


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C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., is a Zoologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, President-Elect of the Herpetoogist's League, and Associate Editor of The Journal of Herpetology. He resides in Gainesville, Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is "the " book on box turtles! July 12 2007
By Otter mom - Published on Amazon.com
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As the education coordinator for our state's natural heritage program, when we begin developing a "citizen science" survey for box turtles, this was book that guided us. I have worked with interpretation programs for native animals for almost 25 years, and this is the best book I have ever used for detailed natural history about a particular animal. Dodd combines very solid science with a humanistic and practical approach. His text is very readable and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the turtles -- but I caution you -- once you begin reading this, you will quickly understand this is NOT a guide to keeping box turtles as pets, and in fact, Dodd details a variety of reasons why they do NOT MAKE GOOD PETS. PLEASE do NOT REMOVE BOX TURTLES FROM THE WILD! This book will give you guidance as to how to better enjoy the turltes you may see in the wild, and a true appreciation of the species.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North American Box Turtles April 2 2010
By Christopher Samuelson - Published on Amazon.com
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A very fine treatment of these amazing reptiles. A very good read. Anyone interested in box turtles or wildlife should read this book. Straight forward and to the point. I have found it helpful in my research thus far and recommend it highly. North American Box Turtles: A Natural History (Animal Natural History Series)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars! Best box turtle book I've read May 27 2013
By Cat People - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book about seven years ago, and was instantly and totally impressed. Since then, I've purchased several other books on the topic, but none come close to Dodd's book for pure, comprehensive box turtle information. While not focusing much on care of captives (as many other smaller books on the topic do), his descriptions of the species in their natural habitat are de facto care guides because, if you must provide care for a box turtle in captivity, the more closely you replicate conditions in the wild, the happier and healthier your turtle will be. It would be edifying to see a second edition that addresses the devastating ranavirus challenging turtle populations and the amphibian species. If you're not familiar with - or not fond of - his scholarly footnoted format, let your eyeballs do a glissade past the superscripting because, believe me, the information this chap has for sharing is well worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough treatment of Box Turtles March 17 2014
By Justin Michels - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very thorough regarding the various Box Turtles. I purchased this after deciding to rescue an Eastern Box Turtle, and a Three Toed box turtle. For me understanding the natural history of these animals was very important. This book is a wealth of information, and is a must for anyone interested in Box turtles. Kenneth Dodd has produced some very good books on reptiles and amphibians. Be sure to look for his other titles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful resource April 5 2014
By Mary Krieger - Published on Amazon.com
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Really great resource for all you would ever like to know about box turtles. Couldn't be happier. I really love this book

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