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Toxicology of Reptiles

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ISBN 9780849327155
Published October 10, 2005 by CRC Press
328 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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“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