By Harvey B. Lillywhite
An individual can examine a snake and spot a creature distinct unto itself, a reptile with a suite of zoological and organic characteristics which are totally its personal. simply taking a look at this particular animal increases many medical questions. with reference to evolution, how did such an animal become? How does a snake flow, and the way do its feel organs vary from that of alternative reptiles? How does it devour, and the way does it reproduce? primarily, how does a snake "work"? In How Snakes paintings: The constitution, functionality and behaviour of the World's Snakes, best zoologist Harvey B. Lillywhite has written the definitive clinical consultant to the sensible biology of snakes. Written for either herpetologists and a extra basic viewers with an curiosity within the box, How Snakes paintings positive aspects approximately 200 colour photographs of varied species of snakes, used to supply visible examples of organic positive aspects defined within the textual content. bankruptcy subject matters comprise the evolutionary historical past of the snake, feeding, locomotion, the constitution and serve as of dermis, movement and respiratory, feel organs, sound construction, and copy. Containing the entire newest learn and advances in our organic wisdom of the snake, How Snakes paintings is an crucial asset to expert zoologists and fanatics alike.
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This snake has two fleshy “tentacles” on its snout, which are sensory and are likely an aid to navigation in murky water as well as provider of information from mechanical stimuli such as the disturbance to water when a swimming fish is nearby (fig. 10). It appears that all homalopsids give birth to live young, and some may reach incredibly high population densities. In some habitats, Cerberus rhynchops can reach densities up to three individuals per square meter! Toward a Phylogeny of Snakes Confusion over the evolutionary history and taxonomic classification of snakes has stimulated both debate and controversy among scientists for decades.
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Pythons are diverse in size, color pattern, and habitat. Some species are arboreal or climb readily, and these are generally more slender than are terrestrial species (also true for boas). Snakes of the genus Python evolved as part of an Australasian radiation and include stout species such as the Ball Python (P. regius) and very long species such as the Burmese Python (P. molurus), African Rock Python (P. 19. Vertebra of the world’s largest fossil snake (Titanoboa cerrejonensis, right) shown side by side with the vertebra of a Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus, left).
How Snakes Work: Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes by Harvey B. Lillywhite