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Firefly Encyclopedia of the Vivarium
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Keeping iguanas, frogs, insects and other invertebrates in a glass world is a popular pursuit.

This practical, fully illustrated guide has everything the enthusiast needs to know, with a focus on beginners. A one-stop reference for those starting out with a terrarium or vivarium, it covers the entire spectrum of suitable animals, from invertebratesto large snakes and lizards. David Alderton explains how to design setups that re-create natural habitats, as well as more clinical environments for closely monitoring difficult or delicate species. A brief account of some of the more suitable vivarium plants and their requirements is also included.

The book is divided into three main sections -- Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates -- with extensive cross-referencing between them. There are detailed presentations on all key areas:

  • Basic biology
  • Housing
  • Equipment
  • Controlling the environment
  • Furnishings: clinical and naturalistic
  • Checklist of plants and methods of planting
  • Food and feeding
  • Breeding
  • Health.

A comprehensive directory of species provides specific information on breeds suitable for beginners. This easy-to-use, illustrated volume presents all the most up-to-date information in a single volume, giving the enthusiast a complete reference.

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About the Author

David Alderton is internationally well known for his books on pet care, which have sold over six million copies worldwide. He has also written extensively for both specialist and general magazines.

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Full-color photographs ... along with thorough descriptions and directions, make the book easy to understand.--Kristen Mantel"Booklist" (02/12/2008) This reference book contains everything one would need to know about maintaining an indoor environment for live amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Full-color photographs and images of species and care instructions, along with thorough descriptions and directions, make the book easy to understand... Contains information that new owners may be unaware of... Important small details ... are not overlooked.... With its vibrant photographs and easy reading level, this text is suggested for school and public libraries that are in need of a basic guide.--Kristen Mantel"Booklist" (02/12/2008)

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