Snakes: Morphology, Function, and Ecology


David Penning, PhD – Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology & Environmental Health, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri, USA

Series: Life Sciences Research and Development; Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI070010; SCI027000; SCI056000

This book represents what the authors consider to be significant summaries, contributions, and advancements to snake biology from each of their corners of the profession. Each section was suggested by the authors as a what they viewed as a meaningful contribution to our understanding of how snakes work. In this way, it represents a modern and important update on snake biology. This book contains topics applicable to evolutionary biologists, physiologists, anatomists, behaviorists, psychologists, and sociologists. This reference, assembled by a global array of professional scientists, represents an invaluable resource to students, experienced researchers, and all those interested in understanding more about snakes.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Evolution of the Form and Function of the Head of Snakes
Marion Segall1,2, Alessandro Palci3,4, Phillip Skipwith5 and Anthony Herrel6,7,8,9
1UMR 7205 CNRS/MNHN, Institut de Systématique, Évolution et Biodiversité, Paris, France
2Life Sciences Division, Natural History Museum, London, UK
3School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
4South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
5Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
6UMR 7179 CNRS/MNHN, Département Adaptations du Vivant, Paris, France
7 Department of Biology, Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
8 Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium
9 Naturhistorisches Museum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Chapter 2. The Interaction of Tooth Shape and Strike Kinematics in the Role of Prey Capture
William G. Ryerson
Department of Biology, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Chapter 3. How Constriction Works in Snakes: History and Modern Advances
David Penning, Maya Greenquist, Jillian Hackney and Gabe McClain
Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, USA

Chapter 4. Antipredator Behavior in Snakes
Akira Mori1, Alan H. Savitzky2 and Gordon M. Burghardt3
1Department of Zoology, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Sakyo, Kyoto, Japan
2Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
3Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Chapter 5. The Integrative Biology of Snake Coloration
Christian L. Cox1 and Alison R. Davis Rabosky2
Department of Biological Science and Institute of Environment, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
2Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Chapter 6. Adaptations to Aquatic Life in Snakes
Elsie Carrillo and Rita Mehta
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA

Chapter 7. Drinking Behavior and Water Balance in Insular Cottonmouth Snakes
Harvey B. Lillywhite1 and Mark R. Sandfoss1,2
1Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
2Present address: US Geological Survey, Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida, USA

Chapter 8. Ambush Hunting in Snakes: Behavior, Function, and Diversity
Ryan J. Hanscom1,2, Timothy E. Higham2, David S. Ryan2 and Rulon W. Clark1
Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA
2Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside, California, USA

Chapter 9. Snake Foraging Ecology and Digestive Physiology: Integrative Biology and Evolving Paradigms
Graham J. Alexander1 and Tobias Wang2
1Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
2Zoophysiology, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Universitetsparken, Aarhus C, Denmark

Chapter 10. Evolutionary and Clinical Implications of the Snake Venom System: Dynamic Diversification
Bryan G. Fry1,4, Lorenzo Seneci1,5, Richard J. Harris1,6, Silke G. C. Cleuren2 and Timothy N. W. Jackson3
1Venom Evolution Lab, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD, Australia
2School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
3Australian Venom Research Unit, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Chapter 11. Stress Ecology in Snakes
Natalie M. Claunch1, Craig Lind2, Deborah I. Lutterschmidt3, Ignacio T. Moore4, Lorin Neuman-Lee5, Zachary Stahlschmidt6 and Emily Taylor7
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
2Department of Natural Science and Mathematics, Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey, USA
3Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, California, USA
4Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
5Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA
6Department of Biological Sciences, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA
7Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Chapter 12. The Evolutionary Background of Ophidiophobia and Ophidiophilia
Andras N. Zsido1, Jakub Polák2,3 and Carlos M. Coelho4,5,6
1Institute of Psychology, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
2Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Prague, Czech Republic
3Ambis University, Department of Psychology, Prague, Czech Republic
4University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
5Center of Psychology at University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
6Faculty of Psychology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Chapter 13. Medically Important Snakes: A Synthesis of Their Reported Identities and the Need to Study Their Ecology to Better Understand Human-Venomous Snake Conflict
Xavier Glaudas1,2 and Romulus Whitaker3
1School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
3Centre for Herpetology/Madras Crocodile Bank, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Chapter 14. Global Perspectives on Human-Snake Interactions
Deb P. Pandey
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries at Agriculture and Forestry University, Bharatpur, Nepal


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