There are numerous good books available on reptiles and turtle and tortoise care. Turtle and tortoise husbandry–or captive care–is still a developing field of study. There are many areas of care where we still don’t have all the answers. For example, no one has ever studied exactly what a wild turtle eats during its whole life. We know they are opportunistic feeders and will eat different foods depending on the seasons, but how it all adds up to proper nutrition that allows these animals to live 50 or 75 years, is still a mystery. Until we know this and the answers to many other questions, it helps to keep on reading and learning about box turtles. These books are also a source of additional resources and books on reptiles and turtles and tortoises.

Alderton, David, Turtles and Tortoises of the World, 1988, Facts on File, Inc. 460 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016

Alderton, David, A Petkeeper’s Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians, 1986,Salamander Books, Ltd. 52 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4LR,UK

Bartlett, R.D. and Bartlett, P.P., Turtles and Tortoises, 1996, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY, 11788

Coborn, John, The Proper Care of Turtles, 1993, TFH Publications, Inc. One TFH Plaza, Neptune City, NJ 07753

de Vosjoli, Philippe and Klingenberg, Roger, The Box Turtle Manual, 1995, Advance Vivarium Systems, Inc. 10728 Prospect Avenue Suite G, Santee, CA 92071

Highfield, A.C., Tortoise Trust Guide to Tortoises and Turtles, 1994, Serpent’s Tale, 464 Second Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

Wareham, David C., The Reptile and Amphibian Keeper’s Dictionary: An A-Z of Herpetology, 1993, Blandford, London

Wilke, Hartmut, Turtles, A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual, 1990, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. 250 Wireless Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788

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