A Box Turtle Owner’s Guide. Box Turtle care, where to buy, types, behavior, cost, handling, husbandry, diet, and much more included!
List of chapters included in the book
Understanding Box Turtles
Things to Know Before Getting a Box Turtle
Purchasing Your Box Turtle
Caring for Your New Box Turtle
Meeting Your Box Turtle’s Nutritional Needs
Box Turtle Handling and Temperament
Breeding Your Box Turtle
Keeping Your Box Turtle Healthy
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Box Turtles Ultimate Pet Guide
“Box Turtles” by Lolly Brown is a comprehensive guide for anybody planning on keeping Box Turtles as pets. While Box Turtles are gentle and hardy creatures that are well-suited for first time turtle keepers, the species does require specific and particular care in captivity. And the best way of ensuring that your turtle lives a long and healthy life is by doing your research and gathering information before you even bring one of these amazing creatures home. Objectively assess your capacity to care for one of these high maintenance pets, and only after you can say that you are fully capable of keeping a Box Turtle for the long term, then you can welcome one to become a part of your household.
This book contains much of the important information you will need to know about how to take care of a Box Turtle as a pet. Whether you are keeping them indoors or outdoors, are planning on breeding your turtle or not, or are planning on keeping more than one Box Turtle, you will find the information you are looking for within the pages of this book. From housing, diet, breeding, general care and maintenance, to health conditions, this book is a helpful guide for both novices and keepers with several years of experience. Box Turtle care, where to buy, types, behavior, cost, handling, husbandry, diet, and much more included!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A life-long animal lover, Lolly Brown is equally comfortable writing about exotic creatures like the Mexican axolotl or dispensing practical advice to dog owners about kennel cough. As a child, Brown first learned about fish and aquaria when her father brought home a 10-gallon aquarium as a surprise for his daughter. Within months, the father-daughter team graduated to a 120-gallon tank and were immersed in the intricacies of tank population management. “We had that go-big-or-go-home mentality common to the hobby,” Brown said. “Now I look back and think about what we did to Mama’s living room! She was very patient with us.”
Brown’s fascination with animals continued in college, where she took numerous field biology and wildlife classes that allowed her to view the behavior of many species in their native habitats. She calls this period of her life the “rodent years,” since her only apartment roommates were two hamsters, Hemingway and Leo (Tolstoy). “I also adopted a Guinea pig purely because I couldn’t stand the conditions in the pet store,” she said. “Trust me, I was in no way prepared to care for Molly and I had to learn fast!”
“The only other time I went into a pet adoption blind,” Brown added, “I came home with two green anole lizards. Then I found out I was going to have to feed them live crickets. While volunteering at her local zoo, Brown first encountered capybaras, a South American mammal that looks like an over-sized Guinea pig. The experience sparked her interest in exotic pets, a subject she continues to pursue with avid interest. A freelance writer by trade, Brown’s animal books are written for her own pleasure and the edification of her readers. She is a strong supporter of animal rescue and welfare organizations, and works with programs educating young children about the proper care of pets. Brown maintains something of a menagerie of her own, making room in her home for a 180-gallon saltwater fish tank, a 20-year old Scarlet Macaw, a Golden Retriever, and several highly tolerant cats. (She advises that good cages make good multi-species homes.)
“If I become interested in a particular animal and have no direct experience with the creature, I get some before I start to write,” Brown says. “All animals have a unique perspective on the world and their place in it. They all have particular needs — physical and emotional — and they all have unique personalities. These are things I want to understand before I try to communicate them to my readers.”
WHAT READERS SAY
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– BETTY SAYLOR
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