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Tortoises, those unmistakable turtles, evolved from a lineage that split off from the familiar pond turtles roughly 100 million years ago. Over time, these plant-eating land turtles spread around the world, growing to an enormous size (depending on the species) and living so long that they have become the stuff of legends. By most accounts, they are indeed the longest-lived of the turtles, with good records suggesting individuals may live as long as 180 years (anecdotal records suggest that some reach ages of 200 years or more). Providing the first comprehensive treatment of North America’s tortoises, Biology and Conservation of North American Tortoises brings together leading experts to give an overview of tortoise morphology, taxonomy, systematics, paleontology, physiology, ecology, behavior, reproduction, diet, growth, health, and conservation. The contributors carefully combine their own expertise and observations with results from studies conducted by hundreds of other researchers. The result is a book that belongs in the library of every herpetologist. Contributors Gustavo Aguirre L. Linda J. Allison Matthew J. Aresco Roy C. Averill-Murray Joan E. Berish Kristin H. Berry Dennis M. Bramble K. Kristina Drake Taylor Edwards Todd C. Esque Richard Franz Craig Guyer J. Scott Harrison Sharon M. Hermann J. Howard Hutchison Elliott R. Jacobson Valerie M. Johnson Richard T. Kazmaier Earl D. McCoy Philip A. Medica Robert W. Murphy Henry R. Mushinsky Kenneth E. Nussear Michael P. O’Connor Thomas A. Radzio David C. Rostal Lora L. Smith James R. Spotila Craig B. Stanford C. Richard Tracy Tracey D. Tuberville Michael Tuma Thane Wibbels

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter 1. Morphology, Taxonomy, and Distribution of North American Tortoises: An Evolutionary Perspective
  2. Dennis M. Bramble and J. Howard Hutchison
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Chapter 2. The Fossil Record for North American Tortoises
  2. Richard Franz
  3. pp. 13-24
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  1. Chapter 3: Systematics of Extant North American Tortoises
  2. Robert W. Murphy
  3. pp. 25-29
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  1. Chapter 4. Thermoregulation and Energetics of North American Tortoises
  2. James R. Spotila, Thomas A. Radzio, and Michael P. O'Connor
  3. pp. 30-36
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  1. Chapter 5. Reproductive Physiology of North American Tortoises
  2. David C. Rostal
  3. pp. 37-45
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  1. Chapter 6. Embryonic Development, Hatching Success, and Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination in North American Tortoises
  2. David C. Rostal and Thane Wibbels
  3. pp. 46-52
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  1. Chapter 7. Growth Patterns of North American Tortoises
  2. Henry R. Mushinsky
  3. pp. 53-59
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  1. Chapter 8. Health Issues of North American Tortoises
  2. Elliott R. Jacobson
  3. pp. 60-76
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  1. Chapter 9. Habitat Characteristics of North American Tortoises
  2. Kenneth E. Nussear and Tracey D. Tuberville
  3. pp. 77-84
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  1. Chapter 10. Water and Food Acquisition and Their Consequences for Life History and Metabolism of North American Tortoises
  2. Todd C. Esque, K. Kristina Drake, and Kenneth E. Nussear
  3. pp. 85-95
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  1. Chapter 11. Home Range and Movements of North American Tortoises
  2. Joan E. Berish and Philip A. Medica
  3. pp. 96-101
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  1. Chapter 12. Social Behaviors of North American Tortoises
  2. Craig Guyer, Sharon M. Hermann, and Valerie M. Johnson
  3. pp. 102-109
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  1. Chapter 13. Nesting and Reproductive Output among North American Tortoises
  2. Roy C. Averill-Murray, Linda J. Allison, and Lora L. Smith
  3. pp. 110-117
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  1. Chapter 14. Abundance of North American Tortoises
  2. Linda J. Allison and Earl D. McCoy
  3. pp. 118-126
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  1. Chapter 15. Population and Conservation Genetics of North American Tortoises
  2. Taylor Edwards and J. Scott Harrison
  3. pp. 127-133
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  1. Chapter 16. Demography of North American Tortoises
  2. Earl D. McCoy, Gustavo Aguirre L., Richard T. Kazmaier, and C. Richard Tracy
  3. pp. 134-142
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  1. Chapter 17. History of Human Interaction with North American Tortoises
  2. Michael Tuma and Craig B. Stanford
  3. pp. 143-148
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  1. Chapter 18. Threats and Conservation Needs for North American Tortoises
  2. Kristin H. Berry and Matthew J. Aresco
  3. pp. 149-158
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  1. References
  2. pp. 159-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-190
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421413785
Related ISBN
9781421413778
MARC Record
OCLC
883632087
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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