Effects of mild wintering conditions on body mass and corticosterone levels in a temperate reptile, the aspic viper (Vipera aspis).

@article{Brischoux2016EffectsOM,
  title={Effects of mild wintering conditions on body mass and corticosterone levels in a temperate reptile, the aspic viper (Vipera aspis).},
  author={François Brischoux and Andr{\'e}az Dupou{\'e} and Olivier Lourdais and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Angelier},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={192},
  pages={
          52-6
        }
}
Temperate ectotherms are expected to benefit from climate change (e.g., increased activity time), but the impacts of climate warming during the winter have mostly been overlooked. Milder winters are expected to decrease body condition upon emergence, and thus to affect crucial life-history traits, such as survival and reproduction. Mild winter temperature could also trigger a state of chronic physiological stress due to inadequate thermal conditions that preclude both dormancy and activity. We… CONTINUE READING
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