Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes
by Robert Aldridge
Edition: 1st., 2011
Covering a wide range of topics on snake reproduction and phylogeny, this comprehensive book discusses everything from primordial germ migration in developing embryos to semelparity (death after reproduction) in the aspic viper. Beginning with a review of the history of snake reproductive studies, it presents new findings on development, placentation, spermatogenesis, male and female reproductive anatomy, hormonal control of reproduction, reproductive cycles, sex pheromones, and parental care. Filled with illustrations and color plates, the book offers comparative chapters on snake phylogenics examining morphological characteristics alongside strictly molecular concerns.