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Temperature regulation in the tortoise Testudo hermanni, studied with indwelling probes

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Behavioural thermoregulation has been studied in the terrestrial tortoise Testudo hermanni in south-eastern France by implanting temperature-sensitive probes in free-ranging individuals. Three tortoises were monitored over a period of nine months (July to March); they maintained body temperatures close to their preferendum for periods of several hours each day. These results are of interest as doubt has been expressed in the literature on the thermoregulatory capacities of Testudo hermanni in the northernmost part of its range.

Affiliations: 1: Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure, CNRS URA-258, 46 rue d'Ulm, 75 230 Paris cedex 05, France; 2: University of Western Australia, Department of Zoology, Nedlands, Perth, Western Australia 6907, Australia


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