Nasal Chemical Senses in Snakes

  • Mimi Halpern
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 56)


Most terrestrial vertebrates possess at least two nasal chemoreceptive organs: the main olfactory apparatus, which consists of the sensory epithelium lining the posterior and dorsal aspects of the nasal cavity, and the vomeronasal organ, a medially located pouch or sac lying along the nasal septum which is also lined with a sensory epithelium. Whereas considerable attention has, in the past, been devoted to the anatomy, physiology and functional significance of the olfactory system, until very recently relatively little attention has been directed to unraveling the mysteries of the vomeronasal organ.


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  • Mimi Halpern
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  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology Program in Biological PsychologyDownstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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