Sceloporus occidentalis: Preferred Body Temperature of the Western Fence Lizard

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Science  20 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3725, pp. 1090-1091
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3725.1090


Given equal thermal opportunities during four seasonal test periods, western fence lizards active above ground preferred constant body temperature throughout the year. Lizards recovered from subsurface retreats in the fall exhibited a mean body temperature significantly lower than that for sequestered lizards recorded during winter, spring, and summer.