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Essential Books for Reptile Keepers

Updated on June 22, 2011

Over the years the popularity of Reptiles as pets seems to peak and rise but never completely disappear. They are fascinating and the Reptile House at the Zoo is always one of the most visited buildings.

The Zoo World owes a lot to the 'professional' amateur Reptile Keeper. It is they who have led the way in terms of gaining knowledge on care and husbandry. They have the time to concentrate on just a few species and so make quicker and deeper inroads into the gaps in our knowledge.

When the knowledge is shared, we all benefit. There are literally hundreds of Reptile Books available today and more are being published all the time. One really has to decide which is best for you.

I have compiled my own list. Books I would have and that I would suggest as reading matter. One can only benefit by knowing more and by having references to fall back on.

All books can be purchased from here. Just click on the link and it will take you directly to the Amazon page and further details.

It is also worth checking out the Zoo Keeper recommended list as well.



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Originally this article was entitled the ten essential books. It has since been revised and it is suggested that you visit The Zoo Professionals Book Store fot amuch more comprehensive listing.


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  • Peter Dickinson profile image

    Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

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    Ralf Sommerlad 8 years ago

    Hi Peter,I mostly agree with you - but not with this selection, sorry. There are fantastic books on Herpetology and certainly many a zoo keeper should read or own, but - I would really prefer some more spezialized books, especally on the difficult issues in keeping amphibians, venomous snakes and crocodilians.