By David Wood
Three hundred pages, 7 x 10 inches or 18 x 25.5 cm, tough conceal, 60 photographs (57 color), index. This ebook, initially released in German, is a well-known vintage at the biology of captive reptiles (and chosen amphibians). In it, the writer rigorously summarizes a huge physique of knowledge either his personal broad event at Tierpark Berlin and an unlimited literature a lot of which has been little recognized open air the German-speaking international. He synthesizes stories from captive and wild animals and discusses and translates them by way of modern body structure, ethology, and reproductive biology. Petzold studies papers in organic, herpetological, zoo, and terrarium journals released through the global, together with japanese Europe, Russia, and China, and he champions the function performed through beginner terrarists in making experiences of common value. He exhibits how info derived from captive reptiles may end up in discoveries of value to ethology, reproductive biology, systematics, and veterinary administration. This booklet might be of price to teachers, zoo group of workers, veterinarians, beginner terrarists, and conservationists drawn to the upkeep, copy, and statement of reptiles in captivity. Hans-GÃƒÂ¼nter Petzold, past due Curator of Reptiles and Deputy Director of the Tierpark Berlin, one of many international s nice zoos, used to be a number one specialist at the biology of captive amphibians and reptiles and writer of approximately 350 papers and 5 books on captive animals. He used to be knowledgeable on the college of Leipzig in systematics, ecology, and animal habit, the place he got his doctorate in 1960, and has performed box examine on reptiles in another country, together with Algeria, Cuba, and Vietnam. during this e-book, Petzold has marshalled this breadth of expertise to make insightful connections between varied reviews and to show fruitful components for destiny study. This English variation has been professionally translated by way of Lucian Heichler, who for greater than 30 years served within the international carrier of the U.S. division of nation, and has been completely edited by way of James B. Murphy, former Curator of Reptiles on the Dallas Zoo and now examine affiliate on the Smithsonian establishment s nationwide Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. The German version was once no longer illustrated, yet this variation has been augmented by way of the employees of Tierpark Berlin with 60 pictures (57 in color). issues lined comprise facets of replica (sexual dimorphism, age at adulthood, intercourse acceptance and allure, courtship habit, copulation, gestation and behind schedule fertilization, egg-laying, beginning, reproductive cycles, parental care, information on eggs and clutches, incubation time, genetic questions), improvement (growth, colour and markings, regeneration, dermis laying off, longevity), and nutrients (search for and ingestion of nutrients, digestion, excretion, defecation, pellet formation, gastroliths, keratophagy, cannibalism). There also are discussions of the starting place and background of zoos, the relevance of terrarium observations, and species conservation courses in zoos and personal terraria. The literature brought up part contains 1200 titles and there's an index to genera and species.