Cutaneous blood flow during heating and cooling in the American alligator.

@article{Smith1978CutaneousBF,
  title={Cutaneous blood flow during heating and cooling in the American alligator.},
  author={Esme L. Smith and Stephen Michael Robertson and Dr Gerald G. Davies},
  journal={The American journal of physiology},
  year={1978},
  volume={235 3},
  pages={
          R160-7
        }
}
Nine alligators, Alligator mississippiensis, were injected with 133Xe and the clearance half times measured in response to heating and cooling. Mean half times for thermostable, heating, and cooling conditions were 12.2, 8.6, and 28.3 min, respectively, indicating cutaneous vasodilation in response to local heating and reduced blood flow during cooling. Alterations of cutaneous blood flow occurred before changes in body temperature or heart rate. Warming portions of the animal while shading the… CONTINUE READING
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