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Map Turtles and Diamondback Terrapins (Herpetology series) [Paperback]

W.P. Mara
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  • Paperback: 65 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (8 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793820685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793820689
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the HERPETOLOGY series, a manual which explains the maintenance, breeding and care of map turtles and diamondback terrapins. Highly illustrated with individually laminated colour photographs to aid identification.

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A good friend and longtime professional colleague of mine named Ray Hunziker (who you may recognize as the chief editor of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine) referred to me the other day as an "occasional turtle-type." Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very good pictures but limited information. 17 May 2002
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This book contains some of the best pictures i have seen in any pet book, and it thouroughly covers the terrapin species. However, the information provided for the maintenance, although honest, is very limited. It doesnt cover disease and contamination prevention with any depth, as these are the most important factors to consider when keeping terrapins, which is an awfal shame considering the beautiful pictures it contains.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures little detail... 26 May 2009
The pictures in the book are out of this World and printer on photo grade paper, the book is a good introduction to Map Turtles and their care.

What lets the book down is the lack of concrete facts, for instance it says that turtles lay many eggs, if many is 10 or 100 or 1000 you never get to find out! After a while these omissions get annoying.

In balance the book is worth having especially for species identification but you will need other.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book to buy if you find a turtle... 8 Dec 2002
By Trippettaseye - Published on
...the size of a quarter on the kitchen floor, have recently moved to an entirely different eco-zone and have limited knowledge of turtles aside from being able to say, "Yes, that is a turtle".
Once determining, with great difficulty, the species - Northern Diamondback Terrapin - this book was a tremendous help. After I hurdled the basics, I appreciated the fact that this was more of an intermediary than a beginner's guide. It is nearly impossible to find any decent reference material on the subject, particluarly on Diamondback Terrapins, let alone something this easy to follow, in-depth and pictorial. The photos alone, which are sharp, nicely composed and plentiful, make this book worth having.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for someone already in the hobby 10 Jan 2002
By MT - Published on
This is a decent book for the map turtle enthusiast in the hobby and I'm glad to add it to my collection. The text is easy and fun to read with impressive glossy photos that make the book
stand out. This book covers all the basics of the hobby concerning map turtles in general. I do however, feel that additional material and a basic knowledge of turtles will be needed if the reader plans on purchasing a map as a first turtle. Painted and sliders are far more hardy and maps
can be tricky to care for by a beginner. This book is not very precise on care and the information in this book is general. For instance, it is stated in this book that map's enjoy eating snails, but cautions are left out to inform the reader of the dangers of parasites commonly found in pet store feeder snails that can be harmful to a turtle. Certain specifics are left out and as said before additional reading will be needed for the beginner. This book in my opinion is for the already seasoned hobbyist who needs general information and a brief overview of the care of the map turtle species. All in all a good book for this particular species.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 2 Jan 2014
By Sharon E. Streff - Published on
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great for the laimen > In ez to read Terminology> Nice pics & scripts > Good & High Recommend! Read It
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 13 Mar 2002
By Judith Moon - Published on
Diamondback Terrapins and Map Turtles are not easy to find good information on. Although the book only lightly covers the subjects, it is enough to help the average owner of these turtles. I found no glaring errors. I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful photos (and there were a lot of them). Altogether a well written beginner's book for all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Map Turtles and Diamondback Terrapins 30 Mar 2011
By Barbara Yerke - Published on
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The book arrived ahead of promised date. As a used book, it was in fantastic condition. Pleasure doing business.
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