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Thermoregulation in Pythons: III. Thermal Ecology and Behavior of the Black-Headed Rock Python, Aspidites melanocephalus

Clifford Ray Johnson, G. J. W. Webb and Colleen Johnson
Herpetologica
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Sep., 1975), pp. 326-332
Published by: Allen Press on behalf of the Herpetologists' League
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3891596
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Thermoregulation in Pythons: III. Thermal Ecology and Behavior of the Black-Headed Rock Python, Aspidites melanocephalus
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Abstract

Using radiotelemetric methods, body temperature was studied in the black-headed rock python, Aspidites melanocephalus under field conditions in northern Queensland, Australia. When termite nests were present, A. melanocephalus entered these subterranean environments which are characterized by stable temperature conditions. However, when termite nests were not available, the black-headed rock python utilized direct sunlight for heating and behavioral adaptations such as posture type to maintain desired temperatures and prevent cooling.

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