Qty:1
  • List Price: $53.00
  • Save: $2.66 (5%)
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Turtles of the World has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Satisfaction 100% guaranteed!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $18.05
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Turtles of the World Hardcover – September 7, 2006

11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0801884962 ISBN-10: 9780801884962 Edition: 1st

Buy New
Price: $50.34
27 New from $42.67 26 Used from $32.57
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$50.34
$42.67 $32.57
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now
$50.34 FREE Shipping. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Turtles of the World + Turtles of the World + The Map Turtle and Sawback Atlas: Ecology, Evolution, Distribution, and Conservation (Animal Natural History Series)
Price for all three: $135.26

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

This book is a gem... it will be considered a classic very quickly. People will snatch this book up faster than a box turtle devours a night crawler!

(Marmorata)

In their new book, Turtles of the World, Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux and Alain Dupré seek to loft turtles into the limelight by showcasing the group’s diversity―its beauties, its goofies, its gargoyles.

(Natalie Angier, Science Times New York Times)

A guide to all the world's nearly 300 species of turtles... quite an undertaking.

(Wildlife Activist)

The volume's value lies in its up-to-date coverage of species... all readers will appreciate the wonderful color photographs, which make the book a pleasure to browse.

(Library Journal)

This superb sourcebook is the most current summary of world turtle nomenclature. Essential.

(Choice)

College-level holdings, many an aquarium shop, and any serious natural history collection must have Turtles of the World... Color photos pack every page and its information is well-rounded and key to any serious turtle researcher.

(Midwest Book Review)

A comprehensive reference.

(Southeastern Naturalist)

If you would like an illustrated guide to the turtles of the world, this is the book for you!

(Aquatic Mammals)

A significant book in turtle biology.

(Canadian Field-Naturalist)

Incredibly complete guide to the world's nearly 300 species of turtles... A superb standard reference.

(Compendium Newsletter)

The publishers should be complimented on producing another attractive book for both the novice and professional herpetologist alike.

(Harlan Walley Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society)

About the Author

Franck Bonin is a veterinarian with thirty-two years of specialized experience with turtles. Bernard Devaux is the founder of the French nonprofit organization Village des Tortues. Alain Dupré is an avid turtle enthusiast who serves on the boards of several conservation organizations in France. Peter C. H. Pritchard is the author of hundreds of articles on turtles and the Encyclopedia of Turtles.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780801884962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801884962
  • ASIN: 0801884969
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Anders on January 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bonin, Devaux, and Dupre's book takes on a big challenge in cataloguing world turtle diversity and will serve well as an impressive addition.

The introduction is 9 pages and concise. Phylogenetic history, a couple of ancestral species, anatomy, senses, metabolism, behavior, and threats are summarized in prose oscillating between introductory and expert. The rest of the book is comprised of species accounts.

Pictures in this book are better used for fun than identification. The picture of savannah sidenecks (Podocnemis vogli) is awesome. Quite a few species are not pictured and subspecies/ regional variations are not visually comparable. There is not consistency in shot angles for practical comparison between species. Some species are pictured only as hatchlings, some are depicted only by a close zoom on the head, and at least two species appear to have their photographs switched. Picture captions don't include species' names, which may cause confusion. This book's visuals could be aided by Vetter's pictorial "Turtles of the World" multi-volume Terralog series.

Range maps are blobbed in. The map outlines are crude, and range outlines do not respect watersheds or other important distributional boundaries. A general idea of where species occur can be drawn.

Species' Description's are good, although no dichotomous keys are provided. The Natural History section for many species is shorter than current information necessitates, while for some (especially some tortoise species and the marine turtles) this section is disproportionately long. Details on reproduction (laying season, egg size, etc.) are given for some species, but absent from many for which information is available. The Protection section is very inconsistent between species.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Mitchell on February 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Turtles of the World by Frank Bonin, Bernard Devaux, and Alain Dupre was originally published in French in 1996 and was followed by two editions. Peter Pritchard, a well-known turtle biologist and conservationist, translated the third edition into English for Johns Hopkins University Press. The hardback book is printed on coated paper and bound well for moderate use. It is more of a reference book than something one would carry in the field. In general, Turtles of the World is a good reference to all known species of turtles.

The front matter takes up 9 pages and covers general biology, paleontology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and conservation. None of these sections is thorough, so readers should find other sources for in-depth information on these subjects. Each section to follow contains short species accounts that includes distribution, description, natural history, and protection. The distribution maps are shaded portions of continents showing country and major river outlines. One to two color photographs accompany each account. The maps are only generalizations and should not be considered accurate. The photos are attractive but provide only one or two views that may or may not be useful for identification because of the variation in color and pattern commonly exhibited by turtles. Some photos are much better than others.

Turtle taxonomy is in a state of flux. Name changes are published yearly due to our increasingly better understanding of relationships and geneaology. Some of the names in this book are stable but others; some are outdated. Kinosternon odoratum on page 173, for example, was used only temporarily in the scientific literature, as the long-standing name Sternotherus odoratus has remained otherwise stable for over a century.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Turtles4ever on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an indispensable book for any ardent turtle lover or biologist. It updates and improves on the standard works of the past, such as Peter Pritchard's much-quoted Encyclopedia of Turtles. This latest and most up-to-date encyclopedia, originally written in French, has been translated into English by the same Dr. Pritchard, one of the world's foremost turtle experts, and contains every single turtle species still in existance, about half of which will be completely new to most people with an interest in these animals.

The book focuses on the lives of these animals in the wild, so people wanting to read about keeping turtles in captivity will not find answers to their questions here. The work contains a wealth of color photos, geographical maps and preservation statuses for all species. As all species had to fit into one volume, some are not described in as much detail as others, but as these are mainly subspecies, this is a minor quibble.

Warmly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
College-level holdings, many an aquarium shop, and any serious natural history collection must have TURTLES OF THE WORLD. It's a definitive survey originally written in French and translated by a leading turtle expert, Peter C.H. Pritchard. Nearly 300 species of world turtles are covered including their habitats, lifestyle, and maps and photos. Co-written by a veterinarian expert with turtles, a nonprofit turtle research foundation and an avid conservationist, TURTLES OF THE WORLD's color photos pack every page and its information is well-rounded and key to any serious turtle researcher.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Turtles of the World
This item: Turtles of the World
Price: $50.34
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?