NORTH AMERICAN BOX TURTLES, A NATURAL HISTORY. C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. 2001. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma. ISBN 0-8061-3294-9 (hardcover), 0-8061-3501-8 (paperback). 231 p. $59.95 (hardcover), $34.95 (paperback).—Few North American reptiles are as well known as box turtles. Most people recognize Terrapene as the terrestrial turtle one encounters in rural and occasionally suburban areas. Some are aware of their longevity and the fact that many are killed on roads and by grass mowers throughout their range. Well-intentioned people routinely move live ones off the road, sometimes taking them to distant places for release. Most, however, are unaware of the consequences of their actions and the rich body of cultural and scientific information on this charismatic chelonian. Ken Dodd's masterful and highly readable book opens to us the human connections to box turtles in history, art, and archeology, as well as the role this turtle has played in the scientific...

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