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Sex, season, and time of day interact to affect body temperatures of the Giant Gartersnake

Journal of Thermal Biology

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2009.01.006

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Abstract

1.We examined multiple hypotheses regarding differences in body temperatures of the Giant Gartersnake using temperature-sensitive radio telemetry and an information-theoretic analytical approach.2.Giant Gartersnakes selected body temperatures near 30 ??C, and males and females had similar body temperatures most of the year, except during the midsummer gestation period.3.Seasonal differences in the body temperatures of males and females may relate to both the costs associated with thermoregulatory behavior, such as predation, and the benefits associated with maintaining optimal body temperatures, such as successful incubation.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Sex, season, and time of day interact to affect body temperatures of the Giant Gartersnake
Series title:
Journal of Thermal Biology
DOI:
10.1016/j.jtherbio.2009.01.006
Volume
34
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Thermal Biology
First page:
183
Last page:
189