Book Review: Threatened Newts and Salamanders - Captive Care Management Vol. 2

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ISBN: 9783899735727
Edited by Wolf-Rüdiger Grosse (multiple authors)
292 pages
Published October 2018
Available in hardcover from several websites for £59.99-124.99 or, last I checked about $100-170usd

I consider this to be one of the newt keepers' bibles along with Threatened Newts and Salamanders- Guidelines for Conservation Breeding and the book Salamanders Keeping and Breeding (Pasmans, Bogaerts, Janssen and Sparreboom). What I like most about this book is how in depth it gets because the species accounts have different authors and most are written by people who have not only successfully kept them but also had success getting them to breed in their care. It's not one of those general care guides written by some guy who doesn't and probably hasn't kept most of the animals and writes care guides for every animal under the sun, we know a jack of all trades is master of nothing. Each species account goes into detail on taxonomy, description, habitat, reproduction, feeding, care in a terrarium/aquarium, protection status and guidelines for encouraging captive breeding. Even if you are illiterate you can at least enjoy the pretty pictures. There is an excellent chapter toward the end on diseases of salamanders and treatments that covers around 30 salamander afflictions with some graphic photos that will send shivers up your spine, give you the willies and you won't sleep for weeks, guaranteed!


I look forward for Volume 3 and beyond!
 

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