Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles

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Academic Press, Dec 2, 2012 - Science - 527 pages
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Herpetology has always been one of the most exciting disciplines of zoology. During the past few years the field has continued to grow, yet it has been plagued by scarcity of comprehensive, up-to-date textbooks containing the most important developments. This timely book fills that void. Through skillful synthesis, the author summarizes the diversity in the biology of living amphibians and reptiles and describes the breadth of current herpetological research. Topics covered include the evolution, classification, development, reproduction, population, and environmental issues surrounding the study of amphibians and reptiles. Designed as an advanced undergraduate textbook, Herpetology is a valuable resource for students, practitioners, and interested amateurs alike.

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* Provides an incisive survey and much needed update of the field
* Emphasizes the biological diversity among amphibians and reptiles
* Details the most recent research findings, citing ke
 

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Contents

AS PREDATORS AND AS PREY
121
LIFE CYCLE REPRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
167
INDIVIDUALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
215
POPULATIONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
255
CLASSIFICATION AND SYSTEMATICS
311

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Dr. Vitt is a reptile ecologist who received his Ph.D. from Arizona Sate University in 1976. He was a Professor at UCLA for 8 years and Professor and Curator at the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma for 21 years. He currently maintains Emeritus status. He has had extensive field experience in American deserts and New World tropics, especially Brazil. He has published more than 250 research articles and 8 books. Awards include appointment as a George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma, membership in the Brazilian Academy of Scientists, Distinguished Alumnus (Western Washington University), Distinguished Herpetologist (Herpetologist League), and two book awards.

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