Journal article

Induction of parturition in snow skinks: Can low temperatures inhibit the actions of AVT?

JE Girling, SM Jones, R Swain

JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ZOOLOGY | WILEY-LISS | Published : 2002

Abstract

The influence of environmental factors on the timing of parturition has not been investigated in viviparous squamates. We investigated the interaction between temperature and parturition in two viviparous skink species, the southern snow skink (Niveoscincus microlepidotus) and the metallic skink (N. metallicus). In these species, the timing of parturition is separated from the completion of embryonic development; the delay is attributed to their cool and variable habitats. We examined whether the neurohypophyseal hormone arginine vasotocin (AVT) stimulated parturition in southern snow skinks with late stage embryos in autumn (approximately 6-7 months prior to parturition) and in metallic ski..

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