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Reproduction in Reptiles and Birds

  1. Bonnie J Smith

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001854



How to Cite

Smith, B. J. 2005. Reproduction in Reptiles and Birds. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


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.


  • reptile;
  • bird;
  • reproduction;
  • breeding;
  • egg