Amphibian and reptile adaptations to the environment: by Denis Vieira de Andrade, Catherine R. Bevier, José Eduardo

By Denis Vieira de Andrade, Catherine R. Bevier, José Eduardo de Carvalho

Despite their variety, amphibians and reptiles percentage many physiological features, equivalent to their dependence on exterior warmth assets for physique temperature legislation, which are of pivotal value to their skill to deal with the surroundings. significant edition in physiological services exists in those teams and sometimes should be concerning seasonal and geographic changes in environmental parameters. This e-book presents a complete and integrative view of the interaction among body structure and behaviour in amphibians and reptiles, resulting in a greater realizing of the subject.

The booklet covers themes that experience lately been within the highlight for medical examine at the body structure, habit, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. It brings jointly contemporary info from a number disciplines that handle severe themes for knowing their biology. As those experiences are scattered throughout articles in really expert journals, this e-book offers a unmarried and improved resource summarizing such advancements.

Amphibian and Reptile variations to the surroundings: interaction among body structure and Behavior

keeps an effective medical foundation for the organic issues lined. although, it offers the cloth in a transparent and direct demeanour in order that it truly is obtainable even to non-biologists attracted to the elemental biology, habit, and ecology of those animals in addition to how those components are hooked up to their conservation.

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2008), or in the case of a hydrophiine species, 50% seawater (Hydrophis (Pelamis) platurus; Lillywhite et al. 2012). Importantly, no sea snake that has been tested voluntarily drinks sea water. So, how do sea snakes survive in their salty environment? Generally, sea snakes appear to be strongly resistant to, and tolerant of, dehydration. Recently, my colleagues and I demonstrated that the pelagic sea snake Chapter one: Behavior and physiology 25 H. (Pelamis) platurus dehydrates at sea and possibly survives 6–7 months of seasonal drought near the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica (Lillywhite et al.

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