Morphology and physiology,
Data identification and analysis,
Biological samples for disease monitoring
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This book is a practical manual of reptile field ecology and conservation and it brings together a distinguished, international group of reptile researchers to provide a review of the many new and exciting techniques used to study reptiles and to track their conservation status and population trends. The book is split into six parts which, following an introduction to reptiles, focus on: the study of individuals; sampling techniques; reptiles in the community; experimental applications, physiological ecology, and genetics; and trends analysis and conservation options. Separate chapters emphasize the application of field and laboratory techniques for achieving an understanding of reptile ecology, behaviour, physiology, and conservation. The book demonstrates how these subjects can be complemented by information related to morphology, population genetics, molecular techniques, veterinary medicine, statistical/modelling approaches, welfare issues, and the utility of reptiles as study animals. 490 p.