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Invasive and introduced reptiles and amphibians

January 1, 2014

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.

Publication Year 2014
Title Invasive and introduced reptiles and amphibians
DOI 10.1016/B978-1-4557-0893-2.00028-4
Authors Robert N. Reed, Kenneth L. Krysko
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70038844
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center