Invasive and introduced reptiles and amphibians: Chapter 28

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Edited by: Douglas R. Mader and Stephen J. Divers

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Abstract

Why is there a section on introduced amphibians and reptiles in this volume, and why should veterinarians care about this issue? Globally, invasive species are a major threat to the stability of native ecosystems,1,2 and amphibians and reptiles are attracting increased attention as potential invaders. Some introduced amphibians and reptiles have had a major impact (e.g., Brown Tree Snakes [Boiga irregularis] wiping out the native birds of Guam3 or Cane Toads [Rhinella marina] poisoning native Australian predators).4 For the vast majority of species, however, the ecological, economic, and sociopolitical effects of introduced amphibians and reptiles are generally poorly quantified, largely because of a lack of focused research effort rather than because such effects are nonexistent. This trend is alarming given that rates of introduction have increased exponentially in recent decades.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Invasive and introduced reptiles and amphibians: Chapter 28
ISBN 978-1-4557-0893-2
DOI 10.1016/B978-1-4557-0893-2.00028-4
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Current therapy in reptile medicine and surgery
First page 304
Last page 309
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N