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."
Turtles 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.
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.
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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