The metabolic cost of breathing in red-eared sliders: An attempt to resolve an old controversy

  title={The metabolic cost of breathing in red-eared sliders: An attempt to resolve an old controversy},
  author={Stella Lee and W. Milsom},
  journal={Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology},
Accurately measuring the metabolic cost of breathing in turtles has been a challenge with cost estimates varying greatly between different studies and/or methods used. To determine the source of discrepancy, we calculated costs using two methods in a single group of red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans). The unidirectional ventilation method yielded an estimate of 3.3ml O2/L air ventilated while the regression method (using hypoxia as a respiratory stimulus) produced an estimate of 0… Expand
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