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Tortoises of the World

Giants to Dwarfs

George R. Zug and Devin A. Reese

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The first book dedicated entirely to the fascinating ecology of the world's tortoises.

Tortoises of the World is the only book to offer a comprehensive exploration of the biology, natural history, and conservation of the fascinating family Testudinidae. Renowned reptile scientist George R. Zug and acclaimed science writer Devin A. Reese bring a wealth of research to life in this beautifully illustrated volume, the first dedicated wholly to tortoises.

Focusing on the diversity of the 47 known tortoise species and their evolution from ancestral turtles, this approachable and informative work...

The first book dedicated entirely to the fascinating ecology of the world's tortoises.

Tortoises of the World is the only book to offer a comprehensive exploration of the biology, natural history, and conservation of the fascinating family Testudinidae. Renowned reptile scientist George R. Zug and acclaimed science writer Devin A. Reese bring a wealth of research to life in this beautifully illustrated volume, the first dedicated wholly to tortoises.

Focusing on the diversity of the 47 known tortoise species and their evolution from ancestral turtles, this approachable and informative work explores:

• Tortoise adaptations, their unique body plan, and their behavioral ecology
• The odd anatomy and physiology that enables tortoises' life in shells
• Their resilience to extreme temperatures and aridity
• Tortoises' role as ecosystem engineers in the diverse habitats they occupy
• Their intricate life cycle, from mating rituals and nesting to the tenuous survival of eggs and hatchlings

Zug and Reese also examine the challenging nature of interactions between tortoises and humans while highlighting ongoing conservation efforts to secure their futures.

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Tortoises of the World is elegantly written and summarizes in an easily comprehensible way the scientific knowledge on tortoises, including the newest insights. It is an outstanding work that should be on the bookshelf of anybody interested in tortoises.

Zug and Reese have produced an exemplary natural history book. The superb mix of entertaining and informative writing coupled with exquisite photographs will mesmerize all readers—children to adults, amateurs to professionals. It is destined to become the consummate authority on these appealing creatures.

This is an excellent introduction with wonderful photos. Tortoises of the World will no doubt become a classic overview of these iconic and threatened animals.

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Trim Size
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10
Pages
256
ISBN
9781421448350
Illustration Description
25 color photos, 15 b&w photos, 51 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. How the Tortoise Beat the Hare
Chapter 2. Life in a Shell: Tortoise Body Plan
Chapter 3. Physiology and Behavior: Tortoise Resilience
Chapter 4. Courtship to Nesting: Tortoise

Preface
Chapter 1. How the Tortoise Beat the Hare
Chapter 2. Life in a Shell: Tortoise Body Plan
Chapter 3. Physiology and Behavior: Tortoise Resilience
Chapter 4. Courtship to Nesting: Tortoise Reproduction
Chapter 5. Hatchlings to Adults: Tortoise Life Cycle
Chapter 6. Deserts to Rainforests: Tortoise Ecology
Chapter 7. Today's Species: Tortoise Diversity
Chapter 8. Ancestry and Evolution: Tortoise Origins
Chapter 9. Human Interactions I: Tortoise Decimation
Chapter 10. Human Interactions II: Tortoise Conservation
Acknowledgments
Further Readings
Appendix. Turtle Families and Tortoise Species
Standard and Scientific Name Index
Subject Index

Author Bios
George R. Zug
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George R. Zug

George R. Zug, emeritus research scientist of reptiles and amphibians at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, is an award-winning herpetologist, the author of Reptiles and Amphibians of the Pacific Islands, and the coauthor of Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles.
Devin A. Reese
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Devin A. Reese

Devin A. Reese is the executive editor of Natural History magazine. An award-winning science writer who earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, she has written for the Smithsonian, PBS, the World Wildlife Fund, Science News, and elsewhere.