- Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: University of Georgia Press (April 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820329029
- ISBN-13: 978-0820329024
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turtles of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.) Paperback – April 25, 2008
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[An] exquisite book . . . on the herpetofauna of the southeastern United States . . . High-quality, clearly written, with an attractive layout . . . Has solid introductory information, detailed species descriptions, excellent range maps and color photographs, line drawings showing defining features, and a strong conservation message. There is an explanation as to how to use the species accounts which will be of value to the lay reader.(Herpetological Review)
This very accessible, informative, and beautiful book will be appreciated by turtle enthusiasts living anywhere in the U.S.(Southeastern Naturalist)
About the Author
Kurt Buhlmann is a research scientist at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). Tracey Tuberville is a research coordinator at SREL. Whit Gibbons is a professor of ecology at the University of Georgia and Senior Research Ecologist at SREL. He is coauthor of Snakes of the Southeast (Georgia).
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The book's layout is very useable. Turtle species are arranged according to the kind of habitat in which they are most commonly seen. Photo quality is generally very good, although the placement of the wood turtle plastron photo will make comparative identification tricky. Photos never do well when placed between pages. But, you see, it must be petty critiques as this if there are to be any for this book. This is the kind of book needed on every bookstore shelf to get the layperson excited about the great richness of turtles we should better enjoy outdoors in the southern United States - a more tranquil option than our current allowance for the exportation of hundreds of thousands of wild-collected turtles to Asian food markets each year from southern states including AR, LA, TX, OK, FL, and GA.
The range maps may not be so accurate as county maps or dot locality maps, but they'll get the general idea across. Not all subspecies are pictured such that identification will come readily, but the text descriptions will fill in for this. Habitat photographs, such a rarity in many publications that prefer to separate turtles from their environments, are in abundant supply here. As an added treat, the end of this book briefly showcases every species of turtle native to the US but occurring completely outside of the range considered in this book.
This book's construct is great. It's got stiff boards like the Sibley Guide to Birds and other such softcovers built for USE. Binding is very solid and seems as though it'll hold up for many busy years. "Turtles of the Southeast" is one of the nicest general-audience turtle books to date, and it's priced such that everyone who goes outdoors should enjoy a copy.