Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards

Author:   Daniel D. Beck ,  Harry W. Greene ,  Brent E. Martin ,  Charles H. Lowe
Publisher:   University of California Press
Volume:   9
ISBN:  

9780520259874


Pages:   247
Publication Date:   01 June 2009
Format:   Paperback
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Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards


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No two lizard species have spawned as much folklore, wonder, and myth as the Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum, and the Beaded Lizard, H. horridum - the sole survivors of an ancient group of predacious lizards called the Monstersauria. More like snakes on legs, monstersaurs are a walking contradiction: they are venomous yet don't appear to use their venom for subduing prey; their mottled patterns mingle with the broken shadows and textures of their desert and tropical dry forest habitats, yet their bright open mouths hiss a bold warning that a nasty bite awaits those who advance further.And while Gila Monster venom produces excruciating pain, it also contains a peptide that has become a promising new drug for treating type-2 diabetes. Perhaps the ultimate paradox is that monstersaurs are among the most famous of lizards, yet until quite recently they have remained among the least studied. With numerous illustrations, stunning color photographs, and an up-to-date synthesis of their biology, this book explains why the Monstersauria seems poised to change the way we think about lizards. Daniel D.Beck - who has been investigating Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards for over 22 years - teams up here with award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Wiewandt to produce a comprehensive summary of this small but remarkable family of lizards.

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Author:   Daniel D. Beck ,  Harry W. Greene ,  Brent E. Martin ,  Charles H. Lowe
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Volume:   9
Dimensions:   Width: 17.80cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 25.40cm
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9780520259874


ISBN 10:   0520259874
Pages:   247
Publication Date:   01 June 2009
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained

Table of Contents

1. Monsters in Our Midst: History, Humans, and Heloderma 2. Evolution, Distribution and Systematics 3. The Venom System and Envenomation 4. Physiological Ecology 5. Habitat Use and Activity Patterns 6. Population Ecology (with B. E. Martin and C.H. Lowe) 7. Diet, Feeding, and Foraging Ecology 8. Reproduction, Behavior and Heloderma in Captivity 9. Conservation 10. Future Directions 11. Literature Cited

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Daniel D. Beck is Professor of Biology at Central Washington University.

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