Bibliography- Regional/Species

Books, sorted by region and species.

General Tortoise Care and Information

  1. Ackerman, Lowell. The Biology, Husbandry and Health Care of Reptiles (3 Volumes Set). TFH Publications, 1997. ISBN 079380504X.
  2. Bartlett, Richard D. and Patricia Bartlett. Turtles and Tortoises (Barron’s Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals) Barrons, 2006. ISBN 0764134000.
  3. Bonin, Franck and Bernard Deavaux, Alain Dupre, Peter C. H. Pritchard, Peter C. H. (translator). Turtles of the World. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. ISBN 0801884969. [Ed. note: This is a great reference to all the known species, although there is very little about any one species. Pritchard’s Encyclopedia of Turtles is better in many ways, but is also much older.]
  4. Case, Russ. Turtles & Tortoises (Beginning Vivarium Systems). Advanced Vivarium Systems, 2007. ISBN 1882770935.
  5. De Vosjoli, Phillippe. Popular Tortoises (Advanced Vivarium Systems). AVS Books, 1996. ISBN 1882770668.
  6. Ebenhack, Amanda. Health Care & Rehabilitation of Turtles and Tortoises. Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group, 2012. ISBN 0978755650.
  7. Franklin, Carl J. Turtles: An Extraordinary Natural History 245 Million Years in the Making Voyaguer Press, 2007. ISBN 0760329818. [Ed. note: This is a great overview on turtles in general and beautifully illustrated.]
  8. Obst, Fritz Jürgen. Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins. St. Martin’s Press, 1988. ISBN 0312823622.
  9. Orenstein, Ronald. Survivors in Armor: Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins. Firefly Books, 2004. ISBN 155209605X.
  10. Orenstein, Ronald. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins: A Natural History. Firefly Books, 2012. ISBN 1770851194.
  11. Palika, Liz. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Turtles & Tortoises (The Complete Idiot’s Guide). Alpha Books, 1997. ISBN 0876051433.
  12. Palika, Liz. Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies. For Dummies, 2001. ISBN 0764553135.
  13. Pritchard, Peter C. H. Encyclopedia of Turtles. TFH Publications, 1979. ISBN 0876669186.
  14. Pritchard, Peter C.H. Living Turtles of the World. TFH Publications, 1967. ISBN 0876662289.


North America: Gopher, Desert, and Texas Tortoises

  1. Carr, Archie. Handbook of Turtles: The Turtles of the United States, Canada, and Baja California (Comstock Classic Handbooks). Cornell University Press, 1995. ISBN 0801400643.
  2. Conant, Roger. A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of Eastern & Central North America (Peterson Field Guide Series). Houghton Mifflan Harcourt, 1998. ISBN 0395904528.
  3. Stebbins, Robert C. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guides). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003. ISBN 0395982723.
  4. Van Devender, Thomas. R.The Sonoran Desert Tortoise: Natural History, Biology, and Conservation (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Studies in Natural History). University of Arizona Press, 2006. ISBN 0816526060.
  5. Vetter, Holger. Turtles of the World: North America. Terralog, Vol. 2 Aqualog Verlag, 2004. ISBN 3930612577.

South America: Red-footed, Yellow-footed, and Chalco Tortoises

[Note: Galapagos is listed with “Island Giants”]

  1. Ebenhack, Amanda. Redfoots and Yellowfoots; The Natural History, Captive Care, and Breeding of ‘Chelonoidis carbonaria’ and ‘Chelonoidis denticulata’ (Turtles of the World, Testudinidae, Number 3) . Living Art Publishing, 2009. ISBN 0978755634.
  2. Frieberg, Dr. Marcos Turtles of South America. TFH Publications, 1981.
  3. Paull, Richard C.The Delicate Yellow-foot Tortoise. Sumterville FL.: Green Nature Books, 1999. ISBN  1-888089-44-X.
  4. Paull, Richard C. Great Red-foot Tortoise- Vol. 4. Sumterville FL.: Green Nature Books, 1999. ISBN 1-888089-37-7.
  5. Pingleton, Mike. The Redfoot Manual: A Beginner’s Guide To The Redfoot Tortoise. Art Gecko Press, 2009. ISBN 1441494030.
  6. Pritchard, Peter C. H. and Pedro Trebbau. Turtles of Venezuela (Contributions to Herpetology). SSAR, 1984. ISBN 0916984117.
  7. Vetter, Holger. Turtles of the World: Central and South America. Terralog, Vol. 3. Aqualog Verlag, 2005. ISBN 3936027609.
  8. Vinke, Thomas, Sabine Vinke, Holger Vetter and Susane Vetter. South American Tortoises, ‘Chelonoidis Carbonaria, C. Denticulata and C. Chilensis’ (Chelonian Library #3). Chimera Edition, 2008. ISBN 3899736036.


Africa: Sulcata, Leopard, Hingeback, Tent, Padloper, and Similar Tortoises

[Includes Madagascar]

  1. Boycott, Richard C and Ortwin Bourquin. The South African Tortoise Book: A Guide to South African Tortoises, Terrapins, and Turtles. Southern Book Publishers, 1988. ISBN 186812052X.
  2. Branch, Bill. Tortoises, Terrapins & Turtles of Africa. Struick Publishers, 2008.ISBN 1770074635.
  3. Fife, Richard and Jerry D. Fife. Leopard Tortoise: The Natural History, Captive Care, and Breeding of ‘Stigmochelys pardalis (Turtles of the World, Testudinidae, Number 4). Serpent’s Tale, 2006. ISBN 0963813064.
  4. Paull, Richard C. Great AfricanSpur-thighed [sic] or Sulcata Tortoise. Vol. 3. Sumterville FL.: Green Nature Books, 1996. 1-888089-22-9.
  5. Pedrono, Miguel. The Tortoises and Turtles of Madagascar Natural History Publications, 2008. ISBN
  6. Vetter, Holger. Leopard and African Spurred Tortoise: ‘Stigmochelys pardalis and Centrochelys sulcata’ (Chelonian Library, Volume 1). Edition Chimaira, 2005. ISBN 389973601X.
  7. Vetter, Holger. Turtles of the World: Africa, Europe and Western Asia. Terralog, Vol. 1. Aqualog Verlag, 2011. ISBN 3930612275.

Mediterranean Area: Russian, Greek, Hermanns, Egyptian and Similar Tortoises

  1. Jepson, Lance. Mediterranean Tortoises. Kingdom Books, 2006. ISBN 1852792299.
  2. Kuzmin, Sergius L. Turtles of Russia and Other Ex-Soviet Republics. Edition Chimaira, 2002. ISBN 3930612585.
  3. Paull, Richard C. Mediterranean Tortoises. Sumterville FL.: Green Nature Books, 1999. ISBN 1-888089-44-X.
  4. Pirog, E. J.Russian Tortoises (Complete Herp Care). TFH Publications, 2006. ISBN 0793828821.
  5. Vetter, Holger. Hermann’s Tortoise, Boettger’s and Dalmatian Tortoises: Testudo boettgeri, hercegovinensis and hermanni (Chelonian Library, Volume 2). Edition Chimaira, 2006. ISBN 3899736028.
  6. Vetter, Holger. Turtles of the World: Africa, Europe and Western Asia. Terralog, Vol. 1. Aqualog Verlag, 2011. ISBN 3930612275.
  7. Wegenhaupt, Wolfgang. Naturalistic keeping and breeding of Hermann’s Tortoises. Self-published, 2009. ISBN 3980977447.

Asia: Elongated, Mountain, Forstens, Travancore, Star and Similar Tortoises

  1. Das, Idraneil. Colour Guide to the Turtles & Tortoises of the Indian Subcontinent. Serpent’s Tale, 1991. ISBN 1872688020.
  2. Fife, Jerry D. Star Tortoises: The Natural History, Captive Care, and Breeding of ‘Geochelone elegans‘ and ‘Geochelone platynota (Turtles of the World, Testudinidae, Number 10). Living Art Publishing, 2007. ISBN 0978755626
  3. Liat, Lim Boo and Indraneil Das. Turtles of Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia. Natural History Publications (Borneo) 1999. ISBN 9838120391.
  4. Maung, Win and Win Ko Ko. Turtles & Tortoises of Myanmar Wildlife Conservation Society, 2002. ASIN B0010EI0HA.
  5. Sharma, R.C. and B. K. Tikader. Handbook of Indian Testudines. Calcutta: Zoological Survey, 1985.
  6. Vetter, Holger and Peter Paul van Dijk.Turtles of the World: East and South Asia. Terralog, Vol. 4. Aqualog Verlag, 2006.

Island Giants: Galapgos and Aldaberan

  1. Chambers, Paul. A Sheltered Life: The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0195223969.
  2. Gerlach, Justin. Giant Tortoises of the Indian Ocean, The Genus ‘Dipsochelys‘ Inhabiting the Seychelles Islands and the Extinct Giants of Madagascar and the Mascarenes. Edition Chimaira, 2004. ISBN 3930612631.
  3. Nicholls, Henry. Lonesome George: The Life and Loves of the World’s Most Famous Tortoise. Pan McMillan, 2007. ISBN 0330450115.
  4. Paull, Richard C. Aldabran Tortoise Expert’s Guide. Vol. 5. Sumterville FL.: Green Nature Books, 1999. ISBN 1-888089-31-8.
  5. Paull, Richard C. Galapagos Tortoise Expert’s Guide- Vol. 6. Sumterville FL.: Green Nature Books, 1999. ISBN 1-888089-38-5.
  6. Van Denburgh, John. The Gigantic Land Tortoises Of The Galapagos Archipelago….1914, reprinted by Nabu Press 2007. ISBN 1277199744.

Created April 15, 2013 (C) Mark Adkins