Turtles of the World (Paperback)

By Carl H. Ernst, Roger W. Barbour

Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 9781560982128, 328pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 1992

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Presented in a logical and systematic order, Turtles of the World discusses each family separately with keys to genera and species. Summarizing the classification of every known turtle species, this volume includes descriptions and illustrations of turtle anatomy, a discussion of turtle origins, as well as karotype, reproductive, and ecological information. The authors pinpoint causes for the decline of turtle populations and offer suggestions to reverse the effects of overcollecting, killing for food, environmental poisoning through insecticides and herbicides, and habitat destruction.

About the Author

Carl H. Ernst was professor of biology at George Mason University and was author of four books, include Venemous Reptiles of North America. Roger W. Barbour is professor emeritus at the University of Kentucky.

Praise For Turtles of the World

Welcomed by professionals and laypeople alike. (Quarterly Review of Biology)

Every turtle enthusiast will want a copy. (Canadian Field Naturalist)

Of utmost importance to the herpetological community and others interested in turtle biology. (Explorer)

The first comprehensive coverage of the world's 257 turtle species, a group of reptiles with a 200-million-year history. . . . Turtles of the World represents an impressive piece of scholarship. It will prove to be an invaluable source of information for many years. (Nature)