Firefly Encyclopedia of the Vivarium
Keeping Amphibians, Reptiles, and Insects, Spiders and Other Invertebrates in Terraria, Aquaterraria, and Aquari
ISBN10: 1554073006 ISBN13: 9781554073009 Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd Published: Sep 14 2007 Pages: 224 Weight: 2.55lbs. Height: 11.25" Width: 8.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
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
- Controlling the environment
- Furnishings: clinical and naturalistic
- Checklist of plants and methods of planting
- Food and feeding
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.