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 Post subject: Request for feedback on a herp book
PostPosted: October 13th, 2010, 9:54 pm 

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Has anyone read "The Chinese Alligator" by John Thornbarnjson (I probably butchered that). It's pricey as heck so I want feedback I trust before buying it.

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Alligator ... 9M8GU2QWXC

Ditto on "Turtles of the United States and Canada by Carl Ernest

http://www.amazon.com/Turtles-United-St ... 9M8GU2QWXC


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 Post subject: Re: Request for feedback on a herp book
PostPosted: October 14th, 2010, 5:01 pm 
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I think I have the first one, let me check. If it's an old old book like 1800's old, don't bother...

The other book is fantastic, I love it and have looked through it so many times over. I still can't figure out the map turtles though. Excellent pics throughout, and great writeups for each species.


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 Post subject: Re: Request for feedback on a herp book
PostPosted: October 14th, 2010, 7:11 pm 

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The first is recent 9Like a couple of years ago)...the guy that wrote it just died of malaria this year (The Economist did an obit on him, surprised me).


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 Post subject: Re: Request for feedback on a herp book
PostPosted: October 14th, 2010, 10:45 pm 
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Hi Paul

I have both - and is impressed by both of them.

The Chinese Alligator book is a monumental work on this single threatened species of alligator. It contain a lot of history and a lot of chapters on mythology etc - but if your into this, then its very good - i read it all - which normally not is the case with books coming into my library.

The Ernst book is a classic, and has to be in the library of anybody seriously interested in North American chelonians.


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