Anoxia: Tolerance in Reptiles

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Science  08 Feb 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3554, pp. 492-493
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3554.492


Measurements of the lengths of time various reptiles can continue to breathe in atmospheres of nitrogen have shown that turtles are several times more tolerant of these conditions than are other reptiles. The major correlate of this tolerance is taxonomic, rather than ecological.