Cutaneous gas exchange in snakes

  title={Cutaneous gas exchange in snakes},
  author={Thomas Standaert and Kjell Johansen},
  journal={Journal of comparative physiology},
Cutaneous aquatic gas exchange and pulmonary gas exchange have been compared in an aquatic snakeAchrochordus javanicus and the terrestrial snakeConstrictor constrictor. Gas exchange was measured by closed respirometry with the snakes in air and in water with access to air. Frequency of air breathing, tidal volumes and total lung volumes were also compared in the two species. All measurements were done at 20–22 ° C. The aquaticAchrochordus showed long periods of apnea in submerged condition… CONTINUE READING