The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 09. Seasonal changes in metabolism of the lizard Lacerta vivipara


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pp. 32-36

Authors: Mohamed K . Al-sadoon And Ian F. Spellerberg

Abstract: Acute oxygen consumption determinations for both adults and sub-adults of L. vivipara were made over the temperature range 5-30°C during summer and winter. During winter dormancy, both adults and sub-adults were found to have a metabolic rate lower than the metabolic rate of s u m m er animals at each experimental temperature. This reduction of oxygen consumption in winter lizards can be interpreted as an "inverse compensation" ( Precht's Type ) pattern of response). It is concluded that this adjustment can reduce energy costs during the winter period and is a pre-requisite for survival during winter dormancy.

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