By David Wood
Three hundred pages, 7 x 10 inches or 18 x 25.5 cm, challenging disguise, 60 photographs (57 color), index. This booklet, initially released in German, is a well-known vintage at the biology of captive reptiles (and chosen amphibians). In it, the writer rigorously summarizes a massive physique of knowledge either his personal broad event at Tierpark Berlin and an enormous literature a lot of which has been little identified outdoors the German-speaking international. He synthesizes reports from captive and wild animals and discusses and translates them when it comes to modern body structure, ethology, and reproductive biology. Petzold studies papers in organic, herpetological, zoo, and terrarium journals released through the global, together with jap Europe, Russia, and China, and he champions the function performed by means of novice terrarists in making stories of normal significance. He exhibits how info derived from captive reptiles can result in discoveries of significance to ethology, reproductive biology, systematics, and veterinary administration. This ebook might be of worth to lecturers, zoo group of workers, veterinarians, beginner terrarists, and conservationists drawn to the upkeep, copy, and remark of reptiles in captivity. Hans-G????nter Petzold, overdue Curator of Reptiles and Deputy Director of the Tierpark Berlin, one of many international s nice zoos, was once a number one professional at the biology of captive amphibians and reptiles and writer of approximately 350 papers and 5 books on captive animals. He used to be educated on the collage of Leipzig in systematics, ecology, and animal habit, the place he got his doctorate in 1960, and has carried out box examine on reptiles abroad, together with Algeria, Cuba, and Vietnam. during this e-book, Petzold has marshalled this breadth of expertise to make insightful connections between diversified experiences and to indicate fruitful components for destiny learn. This English version has been professionally translated by means of Lucian Heichler, who for greater than 30 years served within the overseas provider of the U.S. division of nation, and has been completely edited via James B. Murphy, former Curator of Reptiles on the Dallas Zoo and now study affiliate on the Smithsonian establishment s nationwide Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. The German version was once no longer illustrated, yet this variation has been augmented by means of the employees of Tierpark Berlin with 60 images (57 in color). themes lined comprise facets of copy (sexual dimorphism, age at adulthood, intercourse reputation and appeal, courtship habit, copulation, gestation and behind schedule fertilization, egg-laying, start, reproductive cycles, parental care, facts on eggs and clutches, incubation time, genetic questions), improvement (growth, colour and markings, regeneration, dermis laying off, longevity), and nutrients (search for and ingestion of meals, digestion, excretion, defecation, pellet formation, gastroliths, keratophagy, cannibalism). There also are discussions of the foundation and background of zoos, the relevance of terrarium observations, and species conservation courses in zoos and personal terraria. The literature mentioned part contains 1200 titles and there's an index to genera and species.