By David Wood
Three hundred pages, 7 x 10 inches or 18 x 25.5 cm, demanding hide, 60 pictures (57 color), index. This ebook, 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 data either his personal broad adventure at Tierpark Berlin and an enormous literature a lot of which has been little recognized open air 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 stories papers in organic, herpetological, zoo, and terrarium journals released in the course of the global, together with japanese Europe, Russia, and China, and he champions the position performed through novice terrarists in making reports of normal value. He indicates how info derived from captive reptiles can result in discoveries of significance to ethology, reproductive biology, systematics, and veterinary administration. This ebook may be of worth to lecturers, zoo group of workers, veterinarians, novice terrarists, and conservationists attracted to the upkeep, copy, and commentary of reptiles in captivity. Hans-G????nter Petzold, overdue Curator of Reptiles and Deputy Director of the Tierpark Berlin, one of many global 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 was once knowledgeable on the collage of Leipzig in systematics, ecology, and animal habit, the place he got his doctorate in 1960, and has performed box learn on reptiles in a foreign country, together with Algeria, Cuba, and Vietnam. during this publication, Petzold has marshalled this breadth of expertise to make insightful connections between various stories and to indicate fruitful components for destiny examine. This English version has been professionally translated via Lucian Heichler, who for greater than 30 years served within the international carrier of the U.S. division of nation, and has been completely edited through 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 used to be now not illustrated, yet this variation has been augmented through the workers of Tierpark Berlin with 60 images (57 in color). themes coated comprise elements of copy (sexual dimorphism, age at adulthood, intercourse popularity and allure, courtship habit, copulation, gestation and not on time fertilization, egg-laying, beginning, reproductive cycles, parental care, information on eggs and clutches, incubation time, genetic questions), improvement (growth, color and markings, regeneration, dermis laying off, longevity), and nutrients (search for and ingestion of foodstuff, digestion, excretion, defecation, pellet formation, gastroliths, keratophagy, cannibalism). There also are discussions of the foundation and heritage of zoos, the relevance of terrarium observations, and species conservation courses in zoos and personal terraria. The literature stated part comprises 1200 titles and there's an index to genera and species.