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North American box turtles: A natural history

August 1, 2002

Once a familiar backyard visitor in many parts of the United States and Mexico, the box turtle is losing the battle against extinction. In North American Box Turtles, C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., has written the first book-length natural history of the twelve species and subspecies of this endangered animal. This volume includes comprehensive information on the species’ evolution, behavior, courtship and reproduction, habitat use, diet, population structure, systematics, and disease. Special features include color photos of all species, subspecies, and their habitats; a simple identification guide to both living and fossil species; and a summary of information on fossil Terrapene and Native uses of box turtles. End-of-chapter sections highlight future research directions, including the need for long-term monitoring and observation of box turtles within their natural habitat and conservation applications. A glossary and a bibliography of literature on box turtles accompany the text.

Publication Year 2002
Title North American box turtles: A natural history
Authors C. Kenneth Dodd
Publication Type Book
Publication Subtype Monograph
Series Number 6
Index ID 70161996
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Ecological Science Center