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Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards

ISBN-10: 0520259874

ISBN-13: 9780520259874

Edition: 2009

Authors: Daniel D. Beck, Harry W. Greene, Charles H. Lowe, Brent E. Martin, Thomas Wiewandt

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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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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 247
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

Monsters in Our Midst: History, Humans, and Heloderma
Evolution, Distribution and Systematics
The Venom System and Envenomation
Physiological Ecology
Habitat Use and Activity Patterns
Population Ecology
Diet, Feeding, and Foraging Ecology
Reproduction, Behavior and Heloderma in Captivity
Future Directions
Literature Cited