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Snake Cold-Blooded


Photo: G. Bradley

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The term cold-blooded might lead you to believe that a cold-blooded animal would be cold all the time. In fact the body temperature of the animal is dependent on the temperature of its surroundings.

Warm blooded animals remain at almost the same temperature all the time, no matter what the air temperature is. To avoid losing body heat they need large amounts of food, and have to maintain layers of fat, feathers or fur.

Cold-blooded animals depend directly on sunlight for body warmth. When there is no sun, and the air is cold, the animal gets cold. When its sunny and hot, the animal gets hot, and generally more active.


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