Thermoregulation in a Brooding Female Indian Python, Python molurus bivittatus

Science  11 Feb 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3711, pp. 694-695
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3711.694


At varying environmental temperatures, measurements of body temperatures and gas exchange of a female Indian python (Python molurus bivittatus) show that during the brooding period this animal can regulate its body temperature by physiological means analogous to those in endotherms. Ambient temperatures below 33°C result in spasmodic contractions of the body musculature with a consequent increase in metabolism and body temperature.