The Effects of Temperature and Behavioral Thermoregulation on Digestive Efficiency and Rate in Corn Snakes (Elaphe guttata guttata)

@article{Greenwald1979TheEO,
  title={The Effects of Temperature and Behavioral Thermoregulation on Digestive Efficiency and Rate in Corn Snakes (Elaphe guttata guttata)},
  author={O. E. Greenwald and Marcel Kanter},
  journal={Physiological Zoology},
  year={1979},
  volume={52},
  pages={398 - 408}
}
In the autumn months (September-October) corn snakes digesting in the laboratory behaviorally maintained afternoon body temperatures (Tb's) 3.0 C above minimum substrate temperatures by utilizing external heat sources. In the winter months (January-February) the snakes did not thermoregulate during digestion, and Tb's equaled minimum substrate temperatures. Mean Tb of digesting snakes during the 2 full days following feeding was 26.0 C in the fall and 18.0 C in the winter. Digestive efficiency… 
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