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The Tortoise Magazine

Each 160+ glossy pages and over 160 color photos.

Volume 1, Number 1

Out of print
Volume 1, Number 2

Out of print
Volume 1, Number 3
Volume 1, Number 4
Volume 2, Number 1
“I like The Tortoise very much! It is a new kind of publication, not a scientific journal,
not a hobbyist magazine, it is something totally different. I look forward to the next issue.”
—Dr. Peter C. H. Pritchard, Chelonian Research Institute

The Tortoise Magazine, [is] ostensibly Us Weekly for people
who follow reptiles instead of Brad Pitt and ‘The Bachelor’”
The Wall Street Journal

All issues: $25.00 each.


Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guides) 4th Edition
By Robert Powell, Roger Conant, and Joseph T. Collins

Softcover, 4.5 x 1.1 x 7.2 inche, 512 pages, over 100 color photographs and 322 color distribution maps
$20.00 plus $7.00 S&H, total $27.00

The new edition of this definitive guide reflects 25 years’ worth of changes in our knowledge of reptiles and amphibians. It includes descriptions of 122 newly recognized or recently established non-native species, updated maps, and new figures and photos. Color illustrations and drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 322 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions. Clear and concise species accounts provide key characteristics, similar species, habitats, and ranges, as well as subspecies, voice descriptions, and conservation status. This edition will be a crucial resource for professional and amateur herpetologists, naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and students.

The best-selling field guides of all time

This new edition reflects 25 years of changes in our knowledge of the reptiles and amphibians of eastern and central North America. It includes descriptions of 122 newly recognized or recently established non-native species, updated maps, and new figures and photos. Color illustrations and drawings show key details for accurate identification. More than 100 color photographs and 322 color distribution maps accompany the species descriptions. Clear and concise species accounts provide key characteristics, comparisons with similar species, and descriptions of habitats and ranges. Some also list subspecies, describe "voices," and note conservation status. This edition is a crucial resource for professional and amateur herpetologists, naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and students.

Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute
  • Robert Powell is professor of biology at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • The late Roger Conant was director and curator of reptiles at the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • The late Joseph T. Collins was founder and director of the Center for North American Herpetology.



Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide
by Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene, Cris Hagen (photographer)

Paperback, 7" x 10", 184 pages, 35 color photos, 64 halftones, 1 line drawing
$20.00 plus $7.00 S&H, total $27.00

Ever wonder how many kinds of turtles there are? Or if they have teeth? Why so many turtles have yellow stripes on their neck? If it is wise to feed turtles in your neighborhood pond or lake? Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene, two internationally known turtle biologists, provide complete answers to the most frequently asked questions about the more than 300 turtle, tortoise, and terrapin species of the world.

From the palm-sized bog turtles of the United States to the great oceanic leatherbacks, turtles across the globe are admired for their persistence, patience, and resilience. They are favorites of scientific study and beloved pets throughout the world. With a friendly mix of scientific analysis and basic encyclopedic coverage, Gibbons and Greene discuss a broad range of turtle topics, including behavior, ecology, reproduction and development, turtle-human relationships, and the appearance of turtles in popular literature.

With attractive photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, Gibbons and Greene answer more than 100 common questions about these remarkable creatures. Readers who want answers to specific questions or just want to expand their knowledge about these unique and interesting animals will find the information they seek in this essential reference.



The Frogs and Toads of North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Calls
By Lang Elliott), Carl Gerhardt), and Carlos Davidson

Softcover, 8.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches, 344 pages,
$21.00 plus $7.00 S&H, total $28.00

A beautiful and comprehensive photo-filled guide that is the first to show all of the frogs of North America and includes a CD of their calls. Colorful and noisy early indicators of environmental distress, frogs and toads are fascinating to casual nature lovers as well as expert herpetologists. Covering all 101 species in the United States and Canada, this book contains natural history information, identification tips, range and habitat information, summaries of behavior, and descriptions of calls.

A 70-minute audio compact disc includes the calls of nearly every species and makes fascinating listening for any nature lover.The book also has sections on conservation issues, public participation in census programs, photography and sound recording, and keeping frogs and toads as pets.

From the olive-and-black Pig Frog, which gets its name from its low-pitched, piglike grunt, to the X-marked and familiar-sounding Spring Peeper, the superb photographs and high-quality field recordings combine with the informative text to make this a must-have book for every naturalist.



In Search of Lost Frogs: The quest to find a beautifully rich and personal exploration of the plight of amphibians and the people working to save them.
By Robin Moore

Hardcover, 256 pages, over 400 full-color photographs, maps, index, © 2014
50% off list price: $17.50 plus $7.00 S&H in the U.S.

“Moore’s book proves him not just a fantastic photographer but also an excellent reporter and compelling storyteller. Such a vital part of the natural world, amphibians are lucky to have this artist on their side.” —Jennifer S. Holland, NYT best-selling author of Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves

In Search of Lost Frogs is a stunning record of Moore’s journey and what he and his team did (or did not) find. The book is overflowing with exquisite close-up photographs by Moore that display the frogs’ remarkable coloring and camouflage, and reveal their diminutive size—many of the frogs are less than 5 cm long, if that. Moore’s engaging text tells the story of the expedition, its highs and lows, discoveries and failures, and the campaign’s ongoing work.

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