Reptile Books

Reptile Publications are the most prolific publisher of captive reptile, frog and turtle (amphibian), and Australian invertebrate books in Australia.


Specific reptile books include amphibian books, frog books, turtle books, skink books, gecko books, dragon books, monitor books, snake books and python books and Australian invertebrates in captivity.


Extensive information on all aspects of health and diseases are featured in each reptile book as well as a specialist book titled A Guide to Health and Diseases in Reptiles and Amphibians in Captivity authored by Dr Robert Johnson and Dr Brendan Carmel.


If you are needing information on how to select a reptile or which species of reptile to keep in captivity the range of colourful and highly informative books published by Reptile Publications will equip you with all you need.


In each reptile book the content includes details of how to set up a suitable enclosure in which to house your pet reptile, what types of foods are necessary for good health in reptiles, how to breed and cater for the breeding requirements of reptiles including live-birth in reptiles and egg-laying reptiles, natural incubation in reptile species and how to cater for artificial incubation of reptiles if required.


Optimum husbandry is vital to the good health of your reptile and being able to diagnose the symptoms or signs of illness and what to do if you have a sick reptile can make the difference between life and death. Each of the reptile books produced by Reptile Publications has a dedicated chapter on Health and Diseases. There are four lizard books in the reptile titles in which the Health and Diseases chapters are authored by Dr Danny Brown. The snake book, frog book and turtle book health and disease chapters are authored by Dr Robert Johnson.


Other reptile books available from Reptile Publications' are Care of Australian Reptiles in Captivity, Keeping and Breeding Australian Reptiles, Understanding Reptile Parasites and Under the Microscope—Identifying Pathogens in Birds and Reptiles and the lizard, python and general reptile books by Mike Swan.


Reptile books include the lizard book series of A guide to Australian Dragons, A guide to Australian Skinks, A guide to Australian Monitors and A guide to Australian Geckos—focusing on their captive housing of reptiles, captive feeding of reptiles and captive breeding of reptiles. Health and diseases in lizards and other reptiles are included in each reptile book as well in the amphibian books particularly the frog book and turtle book. Also available is a complete specialist health title authored by Australian reptile veterianarians named the A Guide to Health and Diseases in Reptiles and Amphibians book which includes frog health and diseases, turtle health and disease, snake health and disease and health and diseases in lizards.


The novice reptile keeper series are named the Keeping Australian Reptile Keeper books and include Keeping Blue-tongued Lizards, Keeping Carpet Pythons, Keeping Australian Water Dragons, Keeping Australian Bearded Dragons, Keeping Children's Pythons, Keeping Frogs, Keeping Long-necked Turtles and Keeping Short-necked Turtles. Captive keeping of Australian lizards, reptiles, Australian elapid and colubrid snakes and Australian pythons are covered in other reptile books carried by Reptile Publications including the Complete Chondro and the Complete Children's Python and the Complete Carpet Python.


Lizard Books

Reptile Publications produce a number of lizard books including A Guide to Australian Lizards in Captivity, A Guide to Australian Geckos and Pygopods in Captivity, A Guide to Australian Monitors in Captivity, A Guide to Australian Skinks in Captivity, A Guide to Australian Dragons in Captivity, Keeping Australian Geckos, Keeping Australian Water Dragons, Keeping Bearded Dragons, Keeping Blue-tongued Lizards, Australian Lizards—A Natural History, Keeping and Breeding Australian Lizards and What Lizard is That?


Content includes choosing a lizard, handling lizards, hygiene in caring for lizards, the transportation of lizards, housing lizards, indoor enclosures for lizards, outdoor enclosures for lizards, substrate for lizard enclosures, lizard hides, heating for lizards, lighting for lizards, themostats and temperature control for keeping lizards, humidity for keeping lizards, feeding lizrds, nutrition in lizards in captivity, foods to feed lizards, lizard feeding problems. Breeding lizards, sexing lizards, hemipenal popping oin lizards, courtship of lizards, mating in lizards, cooling lizards, reptoduction in lizards, lizard eggs gravid lizards, egg laying in lizards, artificial incubation in lizards, natural incubation of lizard eggs, lizard hatchlins and their care, diseases and disorders in lizards, lizard health problems, parasites in lizards, eye disorders in lizards, respiratory problems in lizards, breeding problems in lizards, nasal problems in lizards, oral problems in lizards and more.


Species of lizards in this lizard book A Guide to Australian Skinks in Captivity are—Blue-tongued and Shingleback Skinks, Burrowing Skinks, Crevice Skinks and their Allies, Forest and Water Skinks, Prickly Forest Skinks, Rainbow Skinks, Sand Swimmers, Slender Blue-tongued Skinks, Pink-tongued Skinks, Small Terrestrial Skinks and Striped Skinks.


Details of visual and other sexing techniques include some revolutionary new methods. Other chapters reveal an understanding of skink courtship and skink mating, the necessity of cooling and separating skinks for breeding, reproduction in skinks, caring of gravid skinks, nests for skinks, how to look after skink eggs, artificial incubation facilities and regimes for breeding skinks, temperature dependent sex determination in skinks and other lizards and skink hatchling care. In each skink species chapter in this skink book there are details on skink sexing, subspecies of skinks, Australian skink habitat in the wild, indoor and outdoor housing of skinks, compatibility of skink species, feeding various skinks species, breeding various skink species, colour variants and hybrids in skink species.


The diseases and disorders of skinks chapter of A Guide to Australian Skinks in Captivity includes problems such as nutritional, parasitic, skin, nail, eye, respiratory, traumatic, reproductive and oral disorders as well as a guide to administration of medications and making the most of your reptile veterinarian.


A Guide to Australian Geckos and Pygopods in Captivity covers the Bynoe's and Desert Cave Geckos, Dtellas and House Geckos, Giant Cave and Giant Tree Geckos, Ring-tailed Geckos, Small Terrestrial Geckos, Knob-tailed Geckos, Thick-tailed Geckos, Leaf-tailed Geckos, Spiny-tailed Geckos, Velvet Geckos and the Pygopods—Delma's, Scaly-footed and the Burton's Legless Lizard.


General information in this gecko book explains how to select a gecko, handling geckos, indoor and outdoor enclosure types and sizes, gecko species compatibility, gecko hides, substrate and furnishings for gecko enclosures, heating and lighting for geckos, feeding of invertebrate and vertebrate foods, culturing insects for reptiles and lizards, dietary supplements for feeding geckos and feeding problems in geckos.


A Guide to Australian Monitors in Captivity covers the large terrestrial and arboreal monitors, water monitors, small terrestrial monitors, small and medium arboreal monitors and rock monitors.


Breeding is successful when you establish a compatible pair of breeding age reptiles. Details on visual sexing monitors and other sexing techniques include some revolutionary new methods. Courtship and mating in monitors, cooling and separation, reproductive strategies, caring for gravid female monitors, nest facilities for monitors, monitor egg management, artificial incubation monitor hatchling care are valuable information that assists breeding monitors successfully.


Husbandry chapters present common diseases and disorders of monitors such as nutritional, parasitic, skin, nail, eye, respiratory, traumatic, reproductive and oral disorders.


Within each individual monitor chapter, information is presented on description of monitor species and monitor subspecies, sexing, wild distribution and habitat, captive status of monitor species, indoor and outdoor housing of monitors, compatible monitor pairs, feeding monitors, breeding monitors, incubation of monitors and colour variants and hybrids in monitors.


Australian dragons are popular all over the world especially those included in A Guide to Dragons in Captivity by Dr Danny Brown presenting all the information you would want to keep Australian dragons in captivity. Bearded dragons are also represented in the lizard book, Keeping Bearded Dragons, providing basic but quality information for the beginner lizard keeper.


Other species covered in the dragon book are crevice and rock dragons, two-lined dragons, earless dragons, heath dragons, frilled dragons, large arboreal dragons, rainforest dragons, sand dragons, small arboreal dragons and water dragons.


General Husbandry covers selecting dragons for captivity, handling dragons, transporting dragons, quarantine for lizards, indoor and outdoor enclosures for dragons, enclosure size, compatibility in dragons, substrates and hide sites for dragons, enclosure enrichment for dragons, heating and lighting dragon enclosures, feeding dragons, culturing insect foods, dietary supplements for lizards and dragons and dealing with feeding problems in dragons.


Health and disease problems in dragons is extensively covered and written by the author, Dr Danny Brown, who is a veterinarian specialising in reptiles, particularly lizards.


Snake Books

Snake books include the venomous Australian elapid and colubrid snakes. Snake books from Reptile Publications are among an extensive range of reptile books. Reptile Publications publish the snake book titled A Guide to Australian Snakes in Captivity. This is the only snake book covering the captive care of elapids and colubrids.


Specific chapters on individual snake species are all covered in the snake books from Reptile Publications.


Species covered include death adders, copperheads, coral snakes, crowned snakes, small-eyed snakes, whip snakes, white-lipped snakes, the Bardick, Red-naped and Orange-naped snakes, Brown-headed snakes, swamp snakes, broad-headed snakes, tiger snakes, Inland taipans, Coastal Taipans, Tiger snakes, Hooded snakes, Black snakes, Pygmy Mulga snakes, Red-bellied Black Snakes, Brown snakes, the Curl snake, the Rough-scaled snake, the Bandy Bandy and the Macleay's Water snake.


The snake book colourful content includes housing materials required to furnish a snake enclosure, snake thermoregulation, snake temperature requirements, heating mats for snakes, lighting for snakes, ultraviolet lighting for snakes, substrates for snakes, snake hides, snake handling, snake hooks, jiggers and other handling equipment for snakes, snake handling methods, snake sloughing problems, snake breeding problems, snake feeding methods, snake feeding problems such as snake food refusal, snake bites and snake bite procedures, snake breeding and snake reproduction, sexing snakes using probing and snake tail shape, snake breeding cues, snake breeding methods, snake breeding problems, slough usage, slough removal in snakes, snake mating , snake courtship, snake egg-laying, birth of snakes, incubation of snakes, care of snake juveniles, snake health and diseases including parasites in snakes, abnormal shedding in snakes, abnormal birthing in snakes, dystocia (egg-laying problems) in snakes, dysecdysis in snakes.


Numerous photos of elapid and colubrid snakes were atken both in captivity and in the wild.


Python Books

Reptile Publications publish a range of python books including Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons, Keeping Carpet Pythons, Keeping Children's Pythons, The Complete Carpet Python, The Complete Children's Python and The More Complete Chondro.


Content in these python books include handling pythons, python housing and python enclosures, python thermoregulation, python temperature needs, heating mats for pythons, lighting for pythons, ultraviolet lighting for pythons, substrates for python enclosures, python hides, handling pythons using hooks, jiggers and other handling equipment, python handling methods, python feeding methods, python feeding problems such as food refusal, python breeding, sexing pythons using probing, python breeding cues, python breeding methods, python breeding problems, slough usage, slough removal in pythons, python sloughing problems, mating pythons, python courtship, python egg-laying, incubation of pythons, care of python juveniles, python breeding problems, python health and diseases, parasites in pythons, abnormal shedding in pythons, abnormal birthing in pythons, dystocia in pythons, dysecdysis in pythons.


Individual chapters on python species are also covered in the python books from Reptile Publications. Species covered include the Children's Python, the Spotted Python, Pygmy Python, Stimson's Python, Black-headed Python, Woma, Water Python, Olive Python, Pilbara Olive Python, Rough-scaled Python, Australian Scrub Python, Oenpelli Python, Diamond Python, carpet pythons and Green Python.


Frog Books

Pet frogs are becoming more popular and the only publications on how to keep these Australian amphibians in captivity are published by Reptile Publications.


There are two captive frog books—A Guide to Australian Frogs in Captivity and Keeping Frogs that provide extensive information on frog husbandry and general management such as housing, feeding and breeding of frogs in a captive environment. All these frog books include colour photographs to support the information. Other amphibian books in the series include A Guide to Australian Turtles in Captivity.


Individual species chapters profile 22 frog species. In the Hylidae family of tree frogs—the Eastern Snapping Frog, the Water-holding Frog, the Green and Gold Bell Frog, the Green Tree Frog, the Red-eyed Green Tree Frog, Blue Mountains Tree Frog, the Brown Tree Frog, the Dwarf Tree Frog, the Dainty Tree Frog, Giant Tree, the Leseur's Frog, the Motorbike Frog, the Narrow-fringed Frog, the Peron's Frog, the Green Stream Frog, the Southern Bell Frog, the Roth's Tree Frog, the Red Tree Frog, the Magnificent Tree Frog, the Whistling Tree Frog, the Stoney Creek Frog and Orange-thighed Frogs are presented in individual colourful chapters.


In the marsh frog Limnodynastidae family there are five species—the Giant Burrowing Frog, the Eastern Banjo Frog, the Striped Marsh Frog, the Spotted Marsh Frog and the Holy Cross Frog.


In the Myobatrachidae family of ground frog species include the Common Froglet, the Great Barred Frog, the Giant Barred Frog, the Red-crowned Frog and the Southern Toadlet.


In the reptile book A Guide to Australian Frogs in Captivity there are 175 colour photos of frogs taken in the wild and in captivity.


Information on all aspects of frog keeping including pet qualities, social behaviour, selecting a frog, handling frogs, transporting frogs, housing—indoor and outdoor set-ups, enclosures, thermoregulation and heating, lighting, humidity, substrates and water requirements.


Feeding of live prey and other food items essential to good frog nutrition and how much and how often to feed frogs covers all you need to know about feeding frogs. Breeding includes sexing frogs, frog calls, breeding signs and needs such as cooling and the effects of humidity, day length on breeding frogs, breeding cycles in frogs and how to care for tadpoles—their housing, temperature for tadpoles, lighting and food for tadpoles.


Dr Robert Johnson contributed to the health and diseases in frog chapter which includes bacterial diseases such as clamydiosis, osteomyelitis, skin infections and abscesses; fungal diseases, parasitic disease in frogs such as protozoa and myxozoans; worms in frogs, and non-infectious diseases including metabolic bone disease, obesity, oedema, prolapse and gastric overload in frogs.


Turtle Books

Reptile Publications have three books on Turtles—A Guide to Australian Turtles in Captivity, Keeping Short-necked Turtles and Keeping Long-necked Turtles as part of the amphibian book range. Turtle books are an important reference for both experienced and beginners to keeping turtle and amphibians.


Individual species chapters over the three turtle books profile 31 species of Australian turtles kept in captivity.


In the Emydura genus of short-necked turtles the species include the North-west Red-faced Turtle, the Krefft's Turtle, Macquarie River Turtle, Macleay River Turtle, Clarence River Turtle, Hunter River Turtle, Sydney Basin Turtle, Brisbane River Turtle, Jardine's River Turtle, Northern Yellow-faced Turtle, Victoria River Red-faced Turtle, the Worrell's Short-necked Turtle, the Emmott's Turtle, Fraser Island Short-necked Turtle, the North-western Red-faced Turtle and the Cooper Creek Turtle.


In the Chelodina species the species covered in individual chapters in each of the turtle books include the Eastern Long-necked Turtle, the Steindachner's Turtle, the Cann's Turtle and the Rankin's Turtle.


In the Macrodiremys genus the sole member is the Oblong Turtle.


In the Macrochelodina genus the species covered include the Northern Long-necked Turtle, the Arnhem Land Long-necked Turtle and the Broad-shelled Turtle.


In the Elseya genus the turtle species covered are the Southern Snapping Turtle, the Northern Snapping Turtle and the Irwin's Turtle.


In the Wollumbinia genus the species include the Bell's Turtle, the Saw-shelled Turtle, and the Southern Saw-shelled or Dorse's Turtle.


Other specis include the Fitzroy River Rheodytes leukops, Mary River Turtle Elusor macrurus and the Pig-nosed Turtle Carwttochelys insculpta.


Contents provide comprehensive detail on keeping and breeding Australian turtles in captivity. Important details such as social behaviour in turtles and their pet qualities, handling turtles and how to transport, indoor and outdoor housing—plastic enclosures, aquariums or fish tanks, tubs and ponds are options—water requirements including filtration, water changes and water chemistry are also included. Details on how to go about heating, lighting and furnishing your turtle tank, pond or enclosure are all supported by examples in the numerous colour photographs.


How and what do you feed a turtle? An overview of the types of food and prey that turtles feed on and where it is available quips the turtle keeper with all the information they need.


Want to breed a turtle? How to sex a turtle, how turtles mate, how to care for the gravid or pregnant turtle and details of egg-lying in turtles as well as incubation in turtles is detailed.


Dr Robert Johnson contributed the Health and Disease in Turtles chapter covering infectious diseases such as SCUD, abscesses and respiratory problems in turtles. Non-infectious diseases such as caused by nutritional problems, dietary problems including metabolic disease and dystocia in turtles are explained.


Taxonomy, turtle hybridisation and colour morphs in turtles are also included.



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