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  1. The Correlation Between Snakebites And Meteorological Variations

    Contributor(s):: Chang Na

    Background: In the United States, approximately 45,000 snakebites occur annually and affect many people including veterinarians and farmers.1 Snakebites can cause significant pain and morbidity such as severe bleeding and skin necrosis. Better predictive information on snakebite risk could help...

  2. Growth and Age at Reproductive Maturity of the Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius (Reptilia: Serpentes)

    Contributor(s):: Kevin Robert Messenger

    Growth and age at reproductive maturity are life history attributes that play an important role in the development of proper management strategies. The Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius, is one of two dwarf rattlesnake species. The subspecies ranges from eastern NC to nearly the...

  3. Quantitative genetic analysis of reproduction traits in ball pythons

    Contributor(s):: Benson H. Morrill, Lee F. Rickords (adviser)

    Although the captive reproduction of non-avian reptiles has increased steadily since the 1970’s, a dearth of information exists on successful management practices for large captive populations of these species. The data reported here come from a captive population of ball pythons (Python regius)...

  4. Phylogeny, convergence, and snake behavior

    Contributor(s):: Harry Walter Greene

    Comparative studies of snake behavior were used to confront three related conceptual issues in ethology: (i) Can behavior evolve? (ii) If so, how can the origins of similarities and differences in behavior among animals be assessed? (iii) What is the significance of this information for...

  5. Chimeras: The ethics of creating human-animal interspecifics

    Contributor(s):: Constanze Huther

    In summer 2004, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom about "Human Enhancement, Artificial Beings, and the Future of Humanity" at the University of Oxford. Among other quite exotic topics, chimeras were the subject matter of one of our seminar meetings....