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#1 mildredsmam


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Posted 06 October 2019 - 11:05 AM




It is on everybody's lips today that keeping wild animals according to their biological needs must be modelled after nature. The respective models exist only in truly original habitats with their microclimates marked by islands of warmth within original maquis and not in areas altered by man. It is exclusively here where the little-adaptable tortoises can live out their ways of life and develop natural population dynamics to the extent imprinted on them during their 230,000,000 years of evolutionary history. This book with its 37 chapters provides unique insights into the natural habitats and the ecology of European tortoises. This is a must-read book for every tortoise enthusiast. Only if their keeper knows how tortoises live in the wild can these little-adaptable animals be cared for in a manner that will come close to a natural situation. I am certain that you will find many details you were not previously aware of, that these will help you understand the one or other behavioural expression of the tortoises in your care, and that you will view them from a new perspective. The comprehensive book is structured in the chapters Preface - Introduction - General considerations - The Species of Tortoises - Distribution - Secondary Habitats - Maquis - Garrigue - Diet - Islands of Warmth - Microclimate - Home Ranges - Roaming Ranges - Retreats - Population Densities - Spring - Male to Male Combat - Mating Ritual - Hybrids - Oviposition - First Predators - Summer - Development of the Eggs - Fluid Requirements - Autumn - Hatching - Post-Hatching - Predators - Dispersal of Juveniles - Winter. With a Guided by Nature Special and subjekts such as - A Day in the Life of a Tortoise - Light, Warmth and UV Radiation - Habitat Climate Illustrated - Fire - Regeneration - Humped Growth - Relocating and Releasing - The Tick Phenomenon - and Epilogue.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:23 AM

Please could I have the name of book and author. I can't open it up at the top of your page. Sound like a great book.
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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:18 PM

This is it. The first one was excellent so highly recommended

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:56 PM

First one from same author is:




This new one istill from him is::




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Posted 08 October 2019 - 06:14 PM

Thank you. Looking forward to reading them.

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 08:00 PM

Read this post back in October and asked Santa to add the book to my Xmas list.

Couldn't put it down and read it within a couple of days. Great book. Liked the fact that it's sole focus was on wild Mediterranean tortoise and have they live and the continued impact we humans are having on them.

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