As a child growing up in Brooklyn, I never imagined falling in love with a turtle lover from the Bronx who would fill our Manhattan apartment with hard-shelled creatures. This goes to show that life and love can be inexplicably weird, and, if you're lucky, also rather wonderful.
Nor could I anticipate that my husband, Allen, and I would work together (without filing for divorce) on articles for Ranger Rick, and on three books for the children's library market, including one on turtles. I've also written for magazines and worked as a direct response copywriter.
Today, Allen and I live in Queens, N.Y., with two cats and a paltry three turtles.
Reptile and amphibian lovers (also known as herpers) share their reptile- and amphibian-related relationship problems with friends, family members and significant others. They talk about their biggest compromises, worst crises,
funniest incidents and most touching moments. Plus
heartfelt advice for how to live with a herp lover.
When Anita Salzberg marries her husband, Allen, she discovers that she’s also married his “little” turtle hobby. Over the course of the book and numerous improbable escapades— sheltering a snapping turtle in the bathtub, ogling turtles having sex on the living room floor, and searching for turtles in pet stores across America—Turtle Wife becomes turtle lover.