How Snakes Work: Structure, Function and Behavior of the Worlds Snakes

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

byHarvey B. Lillywhite

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Anyone can look at a snake and see a creature unique unto itself, a reptile with a set of zoological and biological traits that are entirely its own. Just looking at this distinct animal raises many scientific questions. With regard to evolution, how did such an animal come to be? How does asnake move, and how do its sense organs differ from that of other reptiles? How does it eat, and how does it reproduce? Essentially, how does a snake "work"? In How Snakes Work: The Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes, leading zoologist Harvey B. Lillywhite has written thedefinitive scientific guide to the functional biology of snakes. Written for both herpetologists and a more general audience with an interest in the field, How Snakes Work features nearly two hundred color images of various species of snakes, used to provide visual examples of biological featuresexplained in the text.Chapter topics include the evolutionary history of the snake, feeding, locomotion, the structure and function of skin, circulation and respiration, sense organs, sound production, and reproduction. Containing all the latest research and advances in our biological knowledge of the snake, How SnakesWork is an indispensable asset to professional zoologists and enthusiasts alike.

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Anyone can look at a snake and see a creature unique unto itself, a reptile with a set of zoological and biological traits that are entirely its own. Just looking at this distinct animal raises many scientific questions. With regard to evolution, how did such an animal come to be? How does asnake move, and how do its sense organs dif...

Harvey B. Lillywhite is a Professor of Zoology and the Director of the Florida Marine Laborator at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 5.71 × 8.31 × 0.98 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195380371

ISBN - 13:9780195380378

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Table of Contents

1. Evolutionary History and Classification of the World's Snakes2. Feeding, Digestion and Water Balance3. Locomotion: How Snakes Move4. Temperature and Ectothermy5. Structure and Function of Skin6. Internal Transport: Circulation and Respiration7. Perceiving the Snake's World: Structure and Function of Sense Organs8. Sound Production9. Courtship and ReproductionGlossary of Terms