I Wrote a Book on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Turtles

Posted by Stacey Venzel
sea turtle
All photos via Stacey Venzel.

If you love turtles and trivia, this book is for you!

What's the difference between a turtle, tortoise, and terrapin? Do sea turtles spend their entire lives in water? Is it safe to have a pet turtle? Why do turtles lay so many eggs?

All these questions and more are answered in my first published book, "Today's Dinosaurs: A Complete Guide to Turtles, Terrapins, and Tortoises."

turtle bookTurtles have a special place in my heart. I first began working with them in the Ecuadorian Amazon at a wildlife rescue center in the heart of the jungle. Soon after, I fell in love with sulcata tortoises while living in the Texas Hill Country, where I saved native wildlife, exotic, companion, and farm animals.

galapagos tortoise

In Florida, I spent a year dedicated to sea turtle conservation, later medicating a Galapagos tortoise suffering from pneumonia as well as various other land and freshwater species--including a turtle in a homemade wheelchair.

This book is the culmination of years of hard work; my life goal of merging passions--in this case, writing and animals... hence why I love writing for Wide Open Pets!

"Today's Dinosaurs" is 254 pages filled with hundreds of black-and-white photographs that aim to educate the reader on these incredible creatures. Sheldon the Snapping Turtle® shares tidbits about these ancient animals through sidebars called "Cool, Gross, & Weird!" Sheldon is a correspondent for The Super Fins®, the world's first animated aquatic news network, consisting of a team of six water-dwellers focused on edutainment for their respective habitats.

sea turtle hatchling

My book is suitable for all ages to read or be read to, from five-year-olds to 100-year-olds, from scientists to those who just love turtles. It is also ideal for a classroom setting, with chapters set up in Q&A format.

The e-book was released on May 13, 2017 and is currently available for $9.99 on Amazon Kindle. The first print version has an official publication date of July 1, 2017. It will soon be available through Amazon for $18.95.

What fun facts do you want to know about turtles? Tell us in the comments below!

All photos via Stacey Venzel.

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I Wrote a Book on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Turtles