Reptiles in Research: Investigations of Ecology, Physiology and Behavior from Desert to Sea


William I. Lutterschmidt, PhD (Editor)
Sam Houston State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Huntsville, TX, USA

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI070020

Reptiles demonstrate remarkable diversity across the landscape. From inland habitats of deserts and grasslands to coastal plains and oceans, the unique adaptations and life histories of reptiles have been shaped by a suite of abiotic and biotic factors. It is the interface between the organism and its environment that present biologists with the opportunity to explore how reptiles behaviorally and physiologically respond to their environments and to determine what factors govern their ecology.

“Reptiles in Research: Investigations of Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior from Desert to Sea” will capture the interests of all readers with a text that is foundational for the novice herpetologist, while informative for beginning students and seasoned research scientists. This book offers its readers a glimpse into the passions of scientists who find reptiles fascinating creatures of study. You will see how reptiles serve as organismal models that continue to advance our knowledge and understanding of complex biological processes and systems. Dr. William I. Lutterschmidt (Professor of Physiological Ecology) has invited top researchers from around the world to share their personal research interests and illustrate how environment influences the ecology, physiology, and behavior of reptiles.

This book will introduce a diversity of research fields and reptilian species, from how web-footed geckos move in desert sands to how sea snakes cope physiologically with high salinity. Topics include invasive species, urban ecology, mathematical simulation, sexual selection, hybridization and gene flow, chemical ecology, neurobiology, spatial ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, immunology, and molecular biology. Chapter introductions present beautiful color plates of study organisms and their typical habitats that will inspire most audiences. In addition, numerous graphs and figures will offer informative perspectives on original data, analyses and discovery. We welcome you to discover how scientists use reptiles in their academic research programs and why reptiles offer a unique opportunity to address dozens of interesting and novel questions as model organisms. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

(Patrick T. Gregory, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

(William I. Lutterschmidt, Sam Houston State University, TX, USA)

(William I. Lutterschmidt, Sam Houston State University, TX, USA)

Chapter 1. A Philosophical View of Reptiles as Animal Models: The Role of Context and the Need for Research
(Glenn M. Sanford, Sam Houston State University, TX, USA)

Chapter 2. Life and Locomotion in a Sea of Sand: Evolution of Web-Footed Geckos of the Namib
(Aaron M. Bauer, Villanova University, PA, USA)

Chapter 3. Town and Country Lizards: Physiological Ecology of Side-Blotched Lizards across a Variable Landscape
(Geoffrey D. Smith, Leilani D. Lucas and Susannah S. French, Utah State University, UT, USA)

Chapter 4. Life on the Cliffs: The Ontogeny of Habitat Selection and Diet Shifts in Spiny-Tailed Iguanas
(Richard D. Durtsche, Northern Kentucky University, KY, USA)

Chapter 5. Reptile Species Richness and Distribution: What Can We Learn from Arid and Semiarid Environments?
(Aurelio Ramirez-Bautista, Raciel Cruz-Elizalde and Uriel Hernandez-Salinas, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico)

Chapter 6. Reptile Tracks: An Indicator for Identifying Areas of High Diversity in Arid Zones of Mexico
(Uriel Hernandez-Salinas, Aurelio Ramirez-Bautista and Raciel Cruz-Elizalde, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico)

Chapter 7. Visual and Chemical Signals of Social Communication: Providing the Link to Habitat and Environment
(Diana K. Hews and Emilia P. Martins, Indiana State University and Indiana University, IN, USA)

Chapter 8. Adrenal Cell Secretion in the Italian Wall Lizard: Actions of Regulatory Neuropeptides
(Salvatore Valiante, Marina Prisco, Rosaria Sciarrillo, Maurizio Forte, Anna Sellitti, Piero Andreuccetti, Maria De Falco and Vincenza Laforgia, University of Naples, Italy

Chapter 9. Coping with Invasive Invaders: Behavioral and Morphological Modifications of the Texas Horned Lizard
(Scott E. Henke, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, TX, USA)

Chapter 10. Horned Lizard Responses to Diverse Threats from Diverse Predators: Mental Constructs and Cognitive Worlds?
(Wade C. Sherbrooke, American Museum of Natural History, NY, USA)

Chapter 11. The Virtual Reptile: Mathematical Models and Simulations of Thermoregulatory Strategy
(John G. Alford, Sam Houston State University, TX, USA)

Chapter 12. Social Life on the Rocks: Behavioral Diversity and Sexual Selection in Collared Lizards
(Troy A. Baird, University of Central Oklahoma, OK, USA)

Chapter 13. Life at the Edge: The Nesting Ecology of the World’s Most Northerly Oviparous Snake and its Implications for Conservation
(Mattias Hagman, Simon Karvemo, Johan Elmberg and Kristin Lowenborg,
University of New South Wales, UK, and others)

Chapter 14. Keeping Time in the Dark: The Neuroendocrinology of Seasonal Reproduction in Garter Snakes
(Deborah I. Lutterschmidt, Portland State University, OR, USA)

Chapter 15. From Forests to Grasslands: Life-History, Road Mortality, and Genetic Diversity of Box Turtles
(James C. Cureton II and P. Raelynn Deaton, University of Oklahoma, OK, USA, and others)

Chapter 16. Near the Water’s Edge: Cottonmouth Spatial Ecology, Behavior, Cognition and Neurobiology
(Eric D. Roth, University of Delaware, DE, USA)

Chapter 17. Crossing Higher Ground: Terrestrial Activity and Seasonal Timing of Reproduction in the Fully Aquatic Mud Snake
(William I. Lutterschmidt, Sam Houston State University, TX, USA)

Chapter 18. From Marshes to Medicine: The Role of Immunological Defense in the American Alligator
(Mark E. Merchant, McNeese State University, TN, USA)

Chapter 19. Hidden Giants: Problems Associated with Studying Secretive Invasive Pythons
(Michael E. Dorcas and John D. Willson, Davidson College, NC, USA and others)

Chapter 20. Reptile Ecology, Adaptive Management and Assessment Techniques: Problems, Developments and Prospects
(Michael O’Neal Campbell, Department of Geography, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)

Chapter 21. Reptiles as Animal Models: Examples of their Utility in Genetics, Immunology and Toxicology
(Gisela L. Poletta, Pablo A. Siroski, Patricia S. Amavet, Hugo H. Ortega and Marta D. Mudry, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)

Chapter 22. Long-Term Ecological Research on America’s Only Estuarine Turtle: The Diamondback Terrapin
(Michael E. Dorcas and J. Whitfield Gibbons, Davidson College, NC, USA, and others)

Chapter 23. Movement Mysteries Unveiled: Spatial Ecology of Juvenile Green Sea Turtles
(Donna J. Shaver, Kristen M. Hart, Ikuko Fujisaki, Cynthia Rubio and Autumn R. Sartain, University of Florida, FL, USA, and others)
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Chapter 24. A Desert in the Sea: Water Relations of Marine Snakes
(Harvey B. Lillywhite, University of Florida, FL, USA)


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