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The fourth edition of the textbook Herpetology covers the basic biology of amphibians and reptiles, with updates in nearly every conceptual area. Not only does it serve as a solid foundation for modern herpetology courses, but it is also relevant to courses in ecology, behavior, evolution, systematics, and morphology. Examples taken from amphibians and reptiles throughout the world make this book a useful herpetology textbook in several countries. Naturalists, amateur herpetologists, herpetoculturists, zoo professionals, and many others will find this book readable and full of relevant natural history and distributional information. Amphibians and reptiles have assumed a central role in research because of the diversity of ecological, physiological, morphological, behavioral, and evolutionary patterns they exhibit. This fully revised edition brings the latest research to the reader, ranging over topics in evolution, reproduction, behavior and more, allowing students and professionals to keep current with a quickly moving field. Heavily revised and updated with discussion of squamate (lizard and snake) taxonomy and new content reflected in current literature Includes increased focus on conservation biology in herpetology while retaining solid content on organismal biology of reptiles and amphibians Presents new photos included from authors' extensive libraryIn addition to these ecological impacts, the snake has caused numerous socioeconomic problems. By interfering with power generation and transmission lines, brown tree snakes caused island-wide power outages that cost millions of ... to intentional introductions as a biological control agent, mainly for sugar cane beetle control for which it has never proved effective. ... Fred Kraus and Earl Campbell and their colleagues documented the presence of these frogs in Hawaii in 1999 andanbsp;...

Author:Laurie J. Vitt, Janalee P. Caldwell
Publisher:Academic Press - 2013-03-25


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