Reptiles

Anatomical Descriptions of the Green Iguana

Project Title: Anatomical descriptions of the green iguana

Start Date: 2020

Lead Researcher(s): Dr. Meg Hall, Dr. Chris Heesy, Dr. Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  Dr. Heather Smith, Dr. Terry Norton

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of the green iguana (Iguana iguana).  This common pet surprisingly has little detailed anatomic descriptions. 

Funding Needed:  Fully funded.

Special Notes: Special thanks to Dr. Terry Norton and his team at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, FL.

Publications Produced:  Not at this time.

 

Mojave Rattlesnake Anatomy Study

Project Title: Mojave rattlesnake Anatomy Study

Start Date: 2020

Lead Researcher(s): Dr. Ray Wilhite, Dr. Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  To be determined.

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of opportunistically available Mojave rattlesnakes (Crotalus scutulatus). 

Funding Needed:  Fully funded.

Special Notes: Special thanks to Shane Richins at Scales and Tails Utah for his contribution.

Publications Produced:  Not at this time.

             

Sea Turtle Anatomy Study

Project Title: Sea Turtle Anatomy Study

Start Date: 2020

Lead Researcher(s): Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Dr. Scott Echols

Contributing Researchers:  Dr. Shane Boylan and Dr. Tres Clarke.

Project Purpose: To define and publish the anatomy of opportunistically available sea turtles (leatherback [Dermochelys coriacea], loggerhead [Caretta caretta] and green [Chelonia mydas]).

Funding Needed:  Funded for preliminary work only.

Special Notes: Dr. Wyneken is the foremost authority on sea turtle anatomy.  Given the new technology available, we hope to add significantly to the body of information in the turtle anatomy literature. We are starting with baby sea turtle neuro anatomy.  The next step will be to identify full anatomy of larger sea turtles.

Publications Produced:  Not at this time.