Reproduction in Reptiles and Birds


General features of reproduction in reptiles and birds as Classes rather than specific characteristics of individual Orders or Families. Similarities and differences of general reproductive physiology in reproductive behaviour of these two similar yet disparate egg‐laying groups, including brief references to courtship and rearing of young.

Keywords: reptile; bird; reproduction; breeding; egg

Figure 1.

Lateral, midsagittal view of male and female chameleon. (Reproduced from Mader DR (ed.) (1996) Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co.)


Further Reading

Farner DS, King JR and Parkes KC (eds) (1983) Avian Biology, vol. III. New York: Academic Press.

Gans C (ed.) (1969) The Biology of the Reptilia. New York: Academic Press.

Gil FB (1990) Ornithology. New York: W.H. Freeman and Co.

King AS and McLelland J (1984) Birds: Their Structure and Function. Philadelphia: Ballière‐Tindall.

Porter KH (1972) Herpetology. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Co.

Townson S and Lawrence K (eds) (1985) Reptiles: Breeding, Behavior, and Veterinary Aspects. London: British Herpetological Society.

Young JZ (1981) The Life of Vertebrates, 3rd edn. New York: Oxford University Press. Chaps 15 and 16.

Young JZ (1991) The Life of Vertebrates, 3rd edn. Oxford.

Zimmerman E (1986) Reptiles and Amphibians: Care, Behavior, and Reproduction, Chapter 14. Neptune City, NJ: TFH Publications, New York: University Press.

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Smith, Bonnie J(Sep 2005) Reproduction in Reptiles and Birds. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001854]