Box Turtles (Complete Herp Care) Review


Basic Information:

  • Author: Tess Cook
  • Original Language: English
  • Available in English: Yes
  • Series: TFH Guides
  • Number of pages (paperback): 128 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793828953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764111815

Official Description

This comprehensive guide discusses the care, breeding, and natural history of these popular pets and covers all the species and subspecies of box turtles present in the reptile hobby, including North American box turtles and Asian box turtles of the genus Cuora. The author, an expert on box turtles who has studied them, bred them in captivity, and rehabilitated injured box turtles for release back into nature, provides in-depth discussion of hibernation–a critical topic for the health of these creatures.

box turtles by tess cookReview: Box Turtles (Complete Herp Care)

Box Turtles (Complete Herp Care) by Tess Cook is an excellent book that contains plenty of pictures and good information. It is an excellent guide to anyone who is new to box turtles while at the same time containing enough information to allow even the most experince box turtle keeper to learn something new.

Recommended ?

We highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how to keep and care for different types of American box turtles, genus Terrapene.  It contains a lot of information and is one of the absolutely best books on the topic.  The information on Cuora box turtles is less complete  but it is hard to find good information on these species anywhere and there are really no books that offer better information on Cuora turtles.

If you want to know how to care for your box turtle we recommend that you either buy this book (available at amazon) or The Box Turtle Manual (Advanced Vivarium Systems) by Philippe De Vosjoli. Ideally I recommend you buy both.  These are the two best affordable books on the box turtles.  If money is no object you should consider getting Complete North American Box Turtle by Carl J Franklin and David C Killpack as well.  It is a very good book but it is hard to find it for less than USD50.


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