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Star library

I have most of these books in my personal library. They include books specific to Star tortoises, books with Star tortoise info, veterinary medicine books, parasitology books, incubation books, and old books available online.

If you know any other Star tortoise related books to add to this list, let me know. These books are listed here in no particular order. Click on the book titles for full info.

Start tortoise specific books

star tortoises

Star Tortoises: The Natural History, Captive Care, and Breeding of Geochelone elegans

  • by Jerry D. Fife
  • Living Art Publishing, 2007
  • a must have for any Star fancier
  • color photos, 116 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0978755626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978755621
biology and status of the star tortoise

The Biology and Status of the Star Tortoise (Geochelone Elegans, Schoepff, 1795) in Sri Lanka

  • by Anslem de Silva
  • A.M.P. Print Shop, Sri Lanka, 2003
  • mostly in black and white with some color photos
  • 100 pages
  • available from nhbs.com
Star Tortoise Handbook for Myanmar

Star Tortoise Handbook for Myanmar

  • by multiple authors, 2014
  • proceedings of the Star tortoise conservation workshop held in Bagan, Myanmar 2012
  • text in English / Burmese, 44 pages in English
  • color photos
  • available from turtlesurvival.org

Tortoise books with star info

reptiles of british india

Reptiles of British India

  • by Albrecht Carl Günther
  • VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.
  • reprint Apr 2008, 540 pages
  • originally published in 1864
  • excellent observations of the Starred Tortoise from the early 1830's
  • ISBN-10: 3836440172
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836440172
International Turtle & Tortoise Symposium, Vienna 2002

Turtles: Proceedings: International Turtle & Tortoise Symposium, Vienna 2002

  • by H. Artner, B. Farkas, V. Loehr
  • Edition Chimaira, Mar 2006
  • care articles for Indian Star (extensive), Radiated, Tent tortoises, Leopards, and many more
  • 621 glossy pages, color photos
  • ISBN-10: 393061278X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3930612789
highfield

Tortoises: A Beginner's Guide to Tortoise Care

  • by Andrew & Nadine Highfield
  • TFH, Feb 2009
  • for new and prospective tortoise owners
  • includes the Indian Star tortoise
  • color photos, 64 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0793806747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793806744
terralog asia

Terralog: Turtles of the World, Vol 4, East and South Asia

  • by Holger Vetter, Peter Paul Van Dijk
  • Edition Chimaira, May 2006
  • includes the Indian and Burmese Star tortoises
  • 600 beautiful color photos, distribution maps, basic care info
  • 160 pages
  • ISBN-10: 3936027927
  • ISBN-13: 978-3936027921
popular tortoises

Popular Tortoises

  • by Phillippe De Vosjoli
  • Advanced Vivarium Systems, 2003
  • includes a brief Indian Star tortoise care sheet, 70 pages
  • mostly b/w photos
  • ISBN-10: 1882770668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882770663
pet owner's guide to the tortoise

Pet Owner's Guide to the Tortoise

  • by Simon J. Girling
  • Ringpress Books, 2003
  • includes Indian Star tortoise care info
  • color photos, 80 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1860541194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860541193
tortoises and box turtles

Tortoises and Box Turtles Complete Owner's Manual

  • by Hartmut Wilke
  • Barrons, 2000
  • includes the Indian Star tortoise
  • introductory profiles of tortoises with photos, 64 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0764111817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764111815
turtles and tortoises

Turtles and Tortoises

  • by R.D. Bartlett & Patricia Bartlett
  • Barrons, 2006
  • a bit about Indian Stars, 112 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0764134000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764134005

tortoises, terrapins & turtles of africa

Tortoises, Terrapins & Turtles of Africa

  • by Bill Branch
  • Struik Publishers, 2008
  • several beautiful star-patterned tortoises are native to Africa
  • includes Tent tortoises, Geometric tortoises, Serrated tortoises
  • 128 glossy pages, color photos
  • ISBN-10: 1770074635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770074637
southern african tortoise book

The Southern African Tortoise Book

  • by Richard C. Boycott, Ortwin Bourquin
  • O. Bourquin, 2nd revised ed., 2000
  • includes star-patterned Tent, Serrated, and Geometric tortoises
  • 228 pages, b/w and color photos
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 0620265361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0620265362
  • note: 1st edition was from 1988
turtles of the world

Turtles of the World

  • by Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux, Alain Dupré, Peter Pritchard
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006
  • includes the Indian Star tortoise, Burmese Star, Radiated, Geometric, Serrated, Tent, Spider, Pancake
  • nearly 300 species of turtles, color photos and maps, 416 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0801884969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801884962
guide to owning a tortoise

The Guide to Owning a Tortoise

  • by Jerry G. Walls
  • TFH Publications, 1996
  • includes Indian Star tortoise, Burmese Star tortoise, Radiated tortoise
  • color photos, 64 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0793820707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793820702
turtles & tortoises for dummies

Turtle & Tortoises for Dummies

  • by Liz Palika
  • Hungry Minds, 2001
  • includes Indian Star tortoise, Burmese Star tortoise, Radiated tortoise, Geometric tortoise
  • introduction to tortoises, mostly text and drawings, some color photos, newspaper type paper, 291 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0764553135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553134
practical encycolopedia

Practical Encyclopedia of Keeping and Breeding Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

  • by A. C. Highfield
  • Krieger Publishing Company, 1996
  • first half of the 295 pages covers general care, second half is species specific info including the Indian Star tortoise
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 1873943067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873943069
turtle, tortoises, and terrapins

Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins: Survivors in Armor

  • by Ronald Orenstein
  • Firefly Books, 2001
  • includes a tiny bit of info on Geometric, Tent, Indian Star, Burmese Star, and Radiated tortoises
  • large hardcover book, color photos, 308 pages, limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 155209605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552096055
turtles and tortoises of myanmar

Turtles & Tortoises of Myanmar

  • by Win Maung, Win Ko Ko
  • Wildlife Conservation Society, 2002
  • description and a color painting of each species
  • text in English and Burmese
  • limited availability, 1st printing was only 1,000 copies
  • 94 pages
smithsonian

Smithsonian Handbooks: Reptiles and Amphibians

  • by Tim Halliday, Mark O'Shea, Jonathan Metcalf
  • DK Publishing, 2002
  • recognition guide with color photos
  • includes the Indian Star tortoise
  • great book for kids, too
  • 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0789493934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789493934
reptile fauna of india

The Reptile Fauna of India: A Source Book

  • by T.S.N. Murthy
  • B.R. Publishing Corp., 2010
  • description, habits, range, conservation, b/w photos etc.
  • 331 pages
  • ISBN-10: 8176467065
  • ISBN-13: 978-8176467063
field guide to reptiles of se asia

A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia

  • by Indraneil Das
  • New Holland Publishers, Feb 2010
  • very brief info on the the Burmese Star
  • lovely full-color illustrations
  • 376 pages
  • SBN-10: 1847733476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847733474
indian reptiles

The Book of Indian Reptiles and Amphibians

  • by J. C. Daniel
  • Oxford University Press, 2002
  • includes the Indian Star tortoise
  • 252 pages
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 0195660994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195660999
reptiles of india

Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of India

  • by Indraneil Das
  • Ralph Curtis Books, 2002
  • pocket guide with color photos
  • includes the Indian Star tortoise
  • 144 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0883590565
  • ISBN-13: 979-0883590569
reptiles of sri lanka

Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Sri Lanka

  • by Indraneil Das, Anslem de Silva
  • Ralph Curtis Books, 2005
  • pocket guide with color photos
  • includes the Star tortoise
  • 144 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0883590581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883590584
colour guide

Colour Guide to the Turtles & Tortoises of the Indian Subcontinent

  • by Indraneil Das
  • R & A Publishing Limited, 1991
  • description, distribution, natural history, status, and conservation
  • 133 pages
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 1872688020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872688022
sharma

Fauna of India, Reptilia, Testudines and Crocodilians, Vol 1

  • by R. C. Sharma
  • Zoological Survey of India, 1998
  • covers India and adjacent countries
  • includes the Indian and Burmese Star tortoises
  • 196 pages
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 818587469 (1998)
  • ISBN-10: 8185874654 (reprint 2002)
das

Turtles and Tortoises of India

  • by Indraneil Das
  • World Wildlife Fund of India, Oxford University Press, 1998
  • reprint 2000
  • 34 color plates and line illustrations
  • 186 pages
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 0195637275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195637274
The Fauna of British India by Smith

The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. I. - Loricata, Testudines

  • by Malcolm A. Smith
  • Taylor & Francis, London, 1933
  • Ralph Curtis, reprint 1973
  • Today & Tomorrow's Printers & Publishers, New Delhi, reprint 1995
  • part of the Fauna of British India series
  • great description of the Indian Star, also includes the Burmese Star
  • one of the most often referenced books about Indian Star tortoises, several prints
  • ISBN: 0883590050 / 9780883590058

boulenger 1890

 

Reptilia And Batrachia: The Fauna Of British India Including Ceylon And Burma (1890)

  • by George A. Boulenger
  • Kessinger Publishing, 2008
  • a facsimile reprint
  • 564 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0548968489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0548968482
turtles in the terrarium

Turtles in the Terrarium

  • by Gerhard Mueller (Muller, Müller)
  • TFH, 2 rev. ed., Sep 1998
  • some info is now outdated, but the author points out that Indian / Sri Lankan Star tortoises benefit from frequent baths and mistings
  • originally published in German, 1987
  • limited availability
  • ISBN-10: 079380129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793801299

Breeding & incubation books

incubation of reptile eggs

Incubation or Reptile Eggs: Basics, Guidelines, Experiences

  • by Gunther Köhler (Koehler), Valerie Haecky
  • Krieger Pub Co, Jan 2005
  • egg morphology, embryo physiology and development, incubation techniques, problems, and more
  • ISBN-10: 1575241935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575241937

Veterinary medicine books

Current Therapy in Reptile Medicine and Surgery

Current Therapy in Reptile Medicine and Surgery

  • by Douglas R. Mader MS DVM, Stephen J. Divers BVetMed DZooMed DACZM DipECZM (herp) FRCVS
  • Saunders, Dec 2013
  • veterinary text, reptile and amphibian medicine, 496 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1455708933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455708932

Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery

Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery

  • by John Chitty BVetMed CertZooMed CBiol MSB MRCVS, Aidan Raftery MVB CertZooMed CBiol MSB MRCVS
  • Wiley-Blackwell, Sep 2013
  • veterinary text, incl. a clinical guide sorted by presenting signs and differential diagnoses, 344 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1405195444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405195447
  • published as a paper book and an e-book
  • the Kindle e-book was released Jul 2013
Medicine and Surgery of Tortoises and Turtles

Medicine and Surgery of Tortoises and Turtles

  • by Stuart McArthur, Roger Wilkinson, Jean Meyer
  • Wiley-Blackwell, 2004
  • comprehensive veterinary text on chelonians for vets and advanced tortoise keepers
  • excellent clinical reference, 600 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1405108894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405108898
reptile medicine and surgery

Reptile Medicine and Surgery

  • by Douglas R. Mader MS DVM
  • Saunders, 2nd edition, 2006
  • all about reptile care, health, and diseases
  • includes chelonians
  • color photos; 1,264 pages
  • ISBN-10: 072169327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721693279
Medical Care of Turtles and Tortoises

Medical Care of Turtles and Tortoises: Diagnosis, Therapy, Husbandry

  • by Jifi Zych, Ond ej Hes, Jan Hnizdo, Nikola J Pantchev
  • Edition Chimaira, Mar 2011
  • compendium on chelonian diseases, incl. species specific husbandry info
  • 559 pages
  • ISBN-10: 3899734939
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899734935
Health Care & Rehabilitation of Turtles and Tortoises

Health Care & Rehabilitation of Turtles and Tortoises

  • by Amanda Ebenhack
  • Living Art Publishing, 2012
  • written by a non-vet in easy-to-read style
  • 408 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0978755650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978755652
Veterinary Management of Tortoises and Turtles

Veterinary Management of Tortoises and Turtles

  • by Stuart McArthur
  • Wiley-Blackwell, 1st edition, 1996
  • Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd edition, 2001
  • practical guide on tortoise and turtle care for veterinarians
  • older book, may be out of print
  • 1st ed: 0632040599, 9780632040599
  • 2nd ed: 063205168X, 9780632051687
reptile parasites

Understanding Reptile Parasites, 2nd ed

  • by Roger Klingenberg DVM
  • Advanced Vivarium Systems, 2007
  • prevention and treatment of internal and external parasites
  • a popular and highly acclaimed guide, yet inexpensive
  • ISBN-10: 1882770900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882770908
parasitology Parasitology in Snakes, Lizards and Chelonians: A Husbandry Guide
  • by Paul Schneller, Nikola Pantchev
  • Edition Chimaira / Serpent's Tale NHBD, Aug 2008
  • parasites, detection, eradication
  • ISBN-10: 3899734734
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899734737

Old books online

schoepff

Historia testudinum iconibus illustrata (Historia testvdinvm iconibvs illvstrata)

g a boulenger

The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma, Reptilia and Batrachia

  • by George A. Boulenger
  • Taylor & Francis, 1890
  • incl. Testudo elegans and Testudo platynota
  • you can read this book at the California Digital Library
  • Copyright status: not in copyright
sowerby & lear

Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles Drawn from Life

  • by James de Carle Sowerby & Edward Lear
  • H. Sotheran, J. Baer & Co, 1872
  • lovely color plates, including Indian Stars (Testudo actinodes), Radiateds, and Geometric tortoises
  • you can read this book at the Biodiversity Heritage Library
  • Copyright status: not in copyright
lydekker

The Royal Natural History: Reptiles, amphibians, fishes, the lowest vertebrates and their allies

  • by Richard Lydekker
  • F. Warne, 1896
  • you can view this book at Google books, Internet Archive
  • chapter III is about turtles and tortoises, including the Elegant Tortoise (T. elegans)
  • Copyright status: not in copyright
journal asiatic society of bengal

Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal

  • Volume 32, Calcutta 1864
  • you can preview this book at Google books
  • incl. Testudo platynotus (Geochelone platynota)

Book tip

veterinary books about tortoises

Veterinary medicine books about tortoises

Here are some good reptile veterinary books covering tortoises. Very useful to have in your library, especially if you live in a country where it's hard to find vets knowledgeable about tortoise care. Share the books with your vet.

a.) Vet med books - tortoise specific

b.) Vet med books - reptiles, incl. tortoises

c.) Parasite books - reptiles

d.) Chelonian rehab books - written by non-vets

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