This is the first handbook on tortoise management and research techniques that can be applied to gopher tortoises and the concepts can be used for many
species. It is designed to be the manual of basic background information on why and how to carry out field methods for environmental consultants, State and Federal agency personnel, tortoise reseachers, and land managers. Many tricks of the trade on how to count burrows, excavate, and trap tortoises are given based on the work of past researchers and the groundbreaking work of the Ashtons. No other publication currently exists that brings together all the methods and techniques for gopher
tortoise management which can be used to review techniques used with other tortoises and turtles. Students and environmental consultants working with gopher tortoises and other upland species will find this handbook indispensable.
"The Ashtons, two
recognized chelonian authorities, have combined their talents to produce an amazingly informative and useful volume based heavily on their field and laboratory experiences with gopher tortoises in the southeastern US…Perhaps the most useful contribution of this book is the incredible amount of practical information that will be invaluable for biologists and land managers concerned with protecting gopher tortoises. Many of the methods can be applied to the management of other terrestrial
vertebrates." -- E.D. Keiser, CHOICE, July 2008
"… very interesting and full of details including handling, burrow surveys, capturing, tortoise land management and much more." -- Nick Quinn, The Herptile, June 2008