Book Description: An Instant Guide to Small Pets is an ideal compact identification guide to the whole range of the world's most popular small pets.This user-friendly guide assumes no previous knowledge: an easy-to-follow system of color-coded bands and symbols leads quickly to the chosen pet group. Every type of pet is included, from cats to cockatoos, guinea pigs to goldfish, and hamsters to horned frogs. Exotic pets such as snakes and spiders are featured as well as the more usual ones such as tropical fish and gerbils. More than 200 full-color illustrations complement the detailed text, which covers such aspects as origin and history, general and veterinary care, feeding and breeding requirements. The introduction includes advice on how to select, house, and care for your pet.