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Toxicology of Reptiles

1st Edition

Edited by Susan C. M. Gardner, Eva Oberdorster

CRC Press

328 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Toxicology of Reptiles cohesively summarizes much of the cutting-edge research taking place in fields such as reptilian endocrinology, neurophysiology, immunology, and ecology. It also addresses conservation needs along with the complications often associated with population studies. The text is easy to synthesize and apply in the evaluation and understanding of potential risks to reptiles from environmental contaminants.

This book provides a comprehensive description of the current state of knowledge of reptilian toxicology from the perspective of target organ systems. It covers major contaminant classes within each chapter, focusing on those of greatest concern. The authors highlight the most pressing information gaps, and propose priority directions for further advancement in the fields of reptilian biology, wildlife and environmental toxicology, conservation, and ecological risk assessment.


“The book is well organized and eminently readable. …Its strength relates to discussions of the challenges of increasing our knowledge of contaminant effects on reptile populations, both in the field and in the laboratory.”

—Dr. R.H. Poppenga, Veterinary Pathology, Vol. 43, No. 6, 2006

This book and the investigators who have supported the research discussed within it prove that we are making great strides in the area of reptilian ecotoxicology. To the editors and authors – congratulations on a much needed and comprehensive effort. To the readers – give reptiles a try if you haven’t already.”

—Linda Meyers-Schöne, Ph.D., Blue World Environment, from the Foreword

Table of Contents

Introduction to Reptilian Toxicology

Susan C. Gardner

Global Threats Affecting the Status of Reptile Populations

Lisa Irwin and Kelly Irwin

Use of Tissue Residues in Reptile Ecotoxicology:

A Call for Integration and Experimentalism

William A. Hopkins

Tools for Assessing Contaminant Exposure and

Effects in Reptiles

Carys L. Mitchelmore, Christopher L. Rowe, and Allen R. Place

Hepatic, Renal, and Adrenal Toxicology

Patricia McClellan-Green, Marin Celander, and Eva Oberdörster

Developmental and Reproductive Effects

Emily Willingham

Neurotoxicology and Behavioral Effects in Reptiles

Joanna Burger

Immunotoxicology and Implications for Reptilian Health

Jennifer M. Keller, Margie M. Peden-Adams, and

A. Alonso Aguirre

Reptilian Genotoxicity

Apolonia Novillo, Noppadon Kitana, Emily Marquez and Ian P. Callard

Reptile Ecotoxicology: Studying the Effects of

Contaminants on Populations

Kyle W. Selcer

Cover Photo Credits

American Alligator; (Alligator mississippiensis): photo by: Kelly Irwin

Green Iguana, (Iguana iguana), photo by Samuel Chavez Rosales

Red-eared Slider Turtle, (Chrysemys picta): photo by: Eva Oberdorster

Rattleless Rattlesnake; (Crotalus catalinensis): photo by: Hèctor Avila Villegas

About the Series

New Perspectives: Toxicology and the Environment

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology