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Reptile Ecology and ConservationA Handbook of Techniques$
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C. Kenneth Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198726135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726135.001.0001

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(p.87) 7 Reproduction
Reptile Ecology and Conservation

Gunther Köhler

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that knowledge of reproductive biology is crucial to understanding the ecology and natural history of a species. However, the reproductive biology of many reptile species is poorly known, particularly for tropical and subtropical species. In this vein, the chapter aims to encourage further studies on natural history, internal anatomy, external morphology, and on the evolutionary biology of reproduction. Several research methods are discussed in this chapter; to wit: dissection, endoscopy, external examination and palpation, imaging (via radiology, ultrasound, and computerized tomography), the study of blood chemistry via the hormones present in blood samples, and hormonal induction via an intramusculary injection.

Keywords:   reproduction, morphology, dissection, endoscopy, imaging, blood chemistry

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