Digestive parameters and water turnover of the leopard tortoise.

  title={Digestive parameters and water turnover of the leopard tortoise.},
  author={Megan K McMaster and Colleen T Downs},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  volume={151 1},
Leopard tortoises (Stigmochelys pardalis) experience wide fluctuations in environmental conditions and unpredictable availability of food and water within the Nama-Karoo biome. It was hypothesised that tortoises fed two diets differing in preformed water and fibre content would have differing food intake, gut transit rate, assimilation efficiency, faecal and urinary water loss, and urine concentrations. It was predicted that tortoises fed these contrasting diets would attempt to maintain energy… CONTINUE READING