Firefly Encyclopedia Of The Vivarium: Keeping Amphibians, Reptiles, And Insects, Spiders And Other Invertebrates In Terraria, Aquaterrari

by David Alderton

Firefly Books | September 14, 2007 | Hardcover |

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Keeping iguanas, frogs, insects and other invertebrates in a glass world is a popular pursuit.

This practical, fully illustrated guide has everything the enthusiast needs to know, with a focus on beginners. A one-stop reference for those starting out with a terrarium or vivarium, it covers the entire spectrum of suitable animals, from invertebratesto large snakes and lizards. David Alderton explains how to design setups that re-create natural habitats, as well as more clinical environments for closely monitoring difficult or delicate species. A brief account of some of the more suitable vivarium plants and their requirements is also included.

The book is divided into three main sections -- Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates -- with extensive cross-referencing between them. There are detailed presentations on all key areas:

  • Basic biology
  • Housing
  • Equipment
  • Controlling the environment
  • Furnishings: clinical and naturalistic
  • Checklist of plants and methods of planting
  • Food and feeding
  • Breeding
  • Health.

A comprehensive directory of species provides specific information on breeds suitable for beginners. This easy-to-use, illustrated volume presents all the most up-to-date information in a single volume, giving the enthusiast a complete reference.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 8.27 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: September 14, 2007

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554073006

ISBN - 13: 9781554073009

Found in: Home and Garden

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Firefly Encyclopedia Of The Vivarium: Keeping Amphibians, Reptiles, And Insects, Spiders And Other Invertebrates In Terraria, Aquaterrari

Firefly Encyclopedia Of The Vivarium: Keeping Amphibians, Reptiles, And Insects, Spiders And Other Invertebrates In Terraria, Aquaterrari

by David Alderton

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 8.27 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: September 14, 2007

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554073006

ISBN - 13: 9781554073009

About the Book

A practical, well-illustrated guide to keeping reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates under glass that covers suitable animals, creating habitat, health, food, difficult species, plants and more. It includes cross-referencing and a species directory.

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Introduction Interest in keeping reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in the home has grown greatly over recent years. This is partly a reflection of our changing lifestyles. Increasingly, we live in smaller homes, particularly in cities, where keeping traditional pets such as dogs and cats can be very difficult and even unfair on the animals. Fewer of us tend to be living in family units, and more people now live alone. Organizing a regular routine to care for pets can be difficult, especially if you have to work long or unpredictable hours. Caring for reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates is straightforward by comparison. You do not need a large space to accommodate many species adequately, nor will it generally matter if you do not always feed them at exactly the same time each day. Looking after them is relatively simple, and cleaning their quarters is not particularly time-consuming. Most species are not noisy by nature and will therefore not annoy the neighbors; nor do they have to be taken out for exercise. There is, however, plenty of scope for interaction with some of these creatures. The Bearded Dragon has become the most popular pet lizard for this reason, with hundreds of thousands bred annually in the United States alone. Especially if you obtain them as hatchlings, these lizards can become very tame and learn to interact with their owner, proving to be true companions. The same is true of tortoises and turtles. It is even possible to tame many amphibians suffi
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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Natural History of Vivarium Animals

  • Invertebrates
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles

Vivarium Setup and Maintenance

  • Vivarium Housing
  • Food and Feeding
  • General Care
  • Breeding
  • Hibernation
  • Health Care

Reptiles

  • Snakes
    • Boas and Pythons
    • Colubrid Snakes
  • Lizards
    • Geckos
    • Chameleons
    • Tegus and Monitors
    • Agamids
    • Skinks
    • Iguanids
    • Other Lizards
  • Tortoises and Turtles
    • Tortoises
    • Turtles and Terrapins

Amphibians

  • Newts and Salamanders
    • Newts
    • Salamanders
    • Amphiumas, Mudpuppies, and Sirens
  • Frogs and Toads
    • Tree Frogs
    • Ground-Dwelling Frogs
    • Dart Frogs and Mantellas
    • Aquatic Frogs
    • Toads

Invertebrates

  • Walking Sticks (Stick Insects)
  • Leaf Insects
  • Praying Mantids
  • Beetles
  • Centipedes and Millipedes
  • Tarantulas and Other Spiders
  • Scorpions
  • Hermit Land Crabs
  • Giant Land Snails

Glossary
Further Reading/Web Sites
Index
Picture Credits

From the Publisher

Keeping iguanas, frogs, insects and other invertebrates in a glass world is a popular pursuit.

This practical, fully illustrated guide has everything the enthusiast needs to know, with a focus on beginners. A one-stop reference for those starting out with a terrarium or vivarium, it covers the entire spectrum of suitable animals, from invertebratesto large snakes and lizards. David Alderton explains how to design setups that re-create natural habitats, as well as more clinical environments for closely monitoring difficult or delicate species. A brief account of some of the more suitable vivarium plants and their requirements is also included.

The book is divided into three main sections -- Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates -- with extensive cross-referencing between them. There are detailed presentations on all key areas:

  • Basic biology
  • Housing
  • Equipment
  • Controlling the environment
  • Furnishings: clinical and naturalistic
  • Checklist of plants and methods of planting
  • Food and feeding
  • Breeding
  • Health.

A comprehensive directory of species provides specific information on breeds suitable for beginners. This easy-to-use, illustrated volume presents all the most up-to-date information in a single volume, giving the enthusiast a complete reference.

About the Author

David Alderton is internationally well known for his books on pet care, which have sold over six million copies worldwide. He has also written extensively for both specialist and general magazines.

David Alderton

Editorial Reviews

This reference book contains everything one would need to know about maintaining an indoor environment for live amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Full-color photographs and images of species and care instructions, along with thorough descriptions and directions, make the book easy to understand... Contains information that new owners may be unaware of... Important small details ... are not overlooked.... With its vibrant photographs and easy reading level, this text is suggested for school and public libraries that are in need of a basic guide.
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