The Temperature of Animals

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1950
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Burtt, E.
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The speed at which metabolism can take place in an animal depends on its body temperature. In cold-blooded (poikilothermal) animals this depends on the temperature of the environment" while in the warm-blooded animals (homoiothermal) it is largely independent of it. Sources of heat and the means by which the excess is eliminated as well as the causes of temperature variation in mammals are discussed. The characteristic early morning temperature in a species is that which indicates that all excess of heat has been eliminated. The range of early morning temperature which occurs in non-hibernating mammals is about 10° F. Body temperature in most animals slightly influenced by climatic conditions.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 16 (1), p. 40-42
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