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Product Details

  • Series: Advanced Vivarium Systems
  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Advanced Vivarium Systems; Updated edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882770625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882770625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These books were the first and are probably still the best available on the husbandry of commonly kept and traded reptiles. They are mandatory readying for most keepers, novice and expert alike. Philippe de Vosjoli can single-handedly claim credit for helping to slash the mortality in reptiles sold through the pet trade by better educating purchasers -- Reptilian Magazine, March 1995 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Philippe de Vosjoli is the best-selling author of over 35 books on the care of amphibians and reptiles. He was a co-founder and president of the American Federation of Herpetoculturists (AFH), the pioneering organization that in 1987 launched the highly acclaimed Vivarium Magazine, the first all color, internationally distributed publication dedicated to the captive husbandry and breeding of amphibians and reptiles. Though it was sold in 2000, the Vivarium is still considered one of the best magazines ever published in its field. He has written over 100 articles on herpetoculture and naturalistic vivarium design.

Philippe de Vosjoli along with his friend Robert Mailoux was responsible for many first captive breedings and introductions in the herpetocultural hobby.
With Frank Fast, he collected and established most of the morphotypes of small island forms of New Caledonian giant geckos and 'rediscovered' the lesser rough-snouted gecko.

In addition to books on reptiles, he has authored two best-selling books on Pachyforms, a term he coined to describe fat-bodied pachycaul and caudiciform plants.

He is currently working with Frank Fast and Allen Repashy on a four volume set on New Caledonian geckos to update the now out-of-print Rhacodactylus. He has just completed a soon to be published children's book, the Legend of Atticus Rex and is finishing his first novel I AM the Other, to be released this fall.

Customer Reviews

This book is not too in depth.
BettyB1217
This book is very informative, and contains just about all the information you'll need to care for leopard geckos.
Dan Schneider
This manual covers everything from basic care to breeding of leos as well as their relatives.
JAG

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By john rutteman on November 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a self-taught gecko-keeper, over the past years I have a number of times wished I had had to hand a book such as this for all my different species of charges. While it is both interesting and informative on the background and origin of these creatures, more importantly it is remarkably focussed on the must-knows of keeping leopard geckos safely and healthily and deals with essentials from diet to breeding. The author should be commended for his close attention to detail. I truly believe that ownership of this book shall increase the chance of more of these beautiful creatures living to full term in captivity rather than dying suddenly and without explanation in the night.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Mironov on August 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful and informative book for both the Leopard Gecko beginner and expert breeder. It covers the basics of Leopard and Fat Tailed Gecko care, terrarium setup, health, feeding, and breeding. It has glorious pictures of Leopard and Fat Tailed Geckos, plus some other species as well. In addition this book has an expanded section on breeding, the effects of incubation temperature on the sex ratio of the hatchlings as well as the effects of incubation temperature on the coloration of your Geckos. If you're going to buy one book on the care of Leopard and Fat Tailed Geckos, this one is by far my favorite!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Terry Ryder on July 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
The top gecko people in the country collaborated to write this book, and the information is extensive, but simple to understand. It goes beyond the beginner's how to set up a tank and feeding, and gets into breeding for different colors and all the different 'morphs' that have been created so far, with many good pictures. It is the most up-to-date so far in terms of new morphs (colors). After reading it the first time, I like to keep looking through it just for the pictures and to re-read the information on genetics 101. Besides being great little pets who will sit on your shoulder, Leopard Geckos are a popular classroom tool for teaching genetics at high school and college level, and I recommend this book for teachers and students. Most other Gecko books you pick up at the Pet Shop are not worth keeping.

BTW- Co-author and top breeder Ron Tremper is coming out with a more in-depth book soon (Summer 2005) for advanced breeding information and ideas. It will be the first of this type written on Leopard Geckos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very informative book and should be required reading prior to purchasing a gecko. The authors have covered topics on: selecton, housing, feeding, breeding & raising geckos,and problems and diseases that an owner may encounter. The gecko photographs in this book are excellent. If you only read one book on this subject this would be your best overall choice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2002
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In terms of printed text on Leopard Geckos, this book sets the standard. The information is brief and comprehensive. It's a must own for Leo keepers. I spend a lot of my time giving advice to people about these guys and the first thing I always tell new owners is: Get the Leopard Gecko Manual, read it cover to cover.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Salyers-Bull on November 4, 2005
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If you are a beginner owner like myself, then this book is all you need to get started and become experienced. All necessary topics are covered and there are numerous contributors to this books chapters which makes it an excellent and diverse read. I have not read other leopard gecko books but see little point at this time. Hard to go wrong with this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Levine on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This Book is all you need to owning and maintaining a Leopard Gecko or a African Fat-Tailed Gecko. It Explains everything from obtaining a Leopard Gecko, the setup of the cage, feeding, breeding, and even Many explanations of some problems (AKA diseases and parasites) and how to solve them. This is a Great Book to read if you are at all interested in owning one of these beautiful creatures as well as a Great book to have around as a reference. My Two new Hatchling Leos can rest assured they will get the love and care they need now that I own this book :) In Other words, no other book compares.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
i've seen books on leopard geckos but this one takes the cake! this not only has up to date information and is from one of the top and most well known reptile authors, but also has parts that the other books just don't have. it has many colour photos of some of the most popular colour mutations of not only leopard geckos, but of one of its cousins, also a popular pet, the african fat-tailed gecko. this book also includes some studies done on the leopard gecko and some short introductions to some of its other close relatives fron around the world. if you have leopard geckos, have had them for years, or are planning on getting some, this is a must have! it is worth every penny!
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