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Behavioral Thermoregulation in Lizards: Importance of Associated Costs

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Science  31 May 1974:
Vol. 184, Issue 4140, pp. 1001-1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.184.4140.1001

Abstract

The Puerto Rican lizard Anolis cristatellus behaviorally regulates body temperature in an open habitat but passively tolerates lower and more variable temperatures in an adjacent forest where basking sites are few and distant. Thermoregulation may be adaptive only when costs resulting from associated losses of time and energy are low.

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