The Goanna: The Biology of Varanid Lizards

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Covers the lifestyle, habitat, and life cycle of goannas, otherwise known as varanids or monitors. These lizards range in size from a few centimeters to the giant 3-meter Komodo dragon, and 25 of the 40 known kinds are in Australia. Includes color photos and drawings. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Taxonomy and Phylogeny 6
Ch. 3 Feeding 13
Diet 13
Food detection 17
Food handling 18
Ch. 4 Breeding 24
Sex organs 24
Mating 26
Egg-laying 29
Clutch size 32
Hatching 34
Growth rates 35
Longevity 36
Ch. 5 General Behaviour 37
Home range 37
Activity areas 39
Activity patterns 39
Burrow use 40
Movement and body postures 43
Ch. 6 Thermal Biology 46
Burrows 47
Emergence time 48
Basking 49
Activity temperatures 50
Head-body temperature differences 53
Nasal tubes 55
Gular fluttering 55
Reflectivity of the skin 56
Ch. 7 Respiration 58
Lungs 58
Heart 61
Blood physiology 61
Ch. 8 Water Use 63
Water losses 64
Salt-secreting glands 73
Water intake 75
Ch. 9 Energy and Food 79
Ch. 10 Conservation and Management 86
Australia 86
Asia 88
Africa 91
Epilogue 92
Suggested Reading 93
Index 101
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