Further Reading and Resources about Box Turtles

Red box turtle in garden

Resources for turtle information, reptile care products, clubs, and magazines and listed here. The only way to become a knowledgeable box turtle keeper is to become passionate about your hobby and your pets. Go ahead and order a magazine or google about more information. You’ll be glad you did.

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.

Further Reading and Publications

  • 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
  • Carr, A., Handbook of Turtles. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1952
  • Coborn, John, The Proper Care of Turtles, 1993, TFH Publications Inc., One TFH Plaza, Neptune City, NJ 07753
  • Cook, Tess, Box Turtles (Complete Herp Care), 2006, 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
  • Dodd, C., Kenneth, North American Box Turtles, A natural history, 2001, University of Oklahoma Press 2800, Venture Dr, Norman, OK 73069
  • Highfield, A.C., Tortoise Trust Guide to Tortoises and Turtles, 1994, Serpent’s Tale, 464 Second Street, Excelsior, MN 55331
  • Legler, J.M., Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz. Vol. 11, No.10, pp527-669. University of Kansas Publications, March 7, 1960
  • Smith, H.B., and Brodie, Jr., E.D., Reptiles of North America, A Guide to Field Indentification, Racine, WI: Golden Press.1982
  • 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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Orange, NJ 07051-0878

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PO Box 22321
Baltimore, MD 21203-4321

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Further Reading and Resources about Box Turtles

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