Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Understanding the relationship between body temperature and activity patterns in the giant Solomon Island skink, Corucia zebrata, as a contribution to the effectiveness of captive breeding programmes

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Applied Herpetology

The behaviour and body temperatures of the Giant Solomon Islands skink, Corucia zebrata, have been observed in a semi-naturalistic enclosure. Corucia zebrata is a non-basker that thermoregulates by selecting microhabitats where operative temperatures enable body temperatures of around 30°C to be maintained. Body temperatures were significantly higher during sunny weather, but there was no significant difference in body temperature variance. Body temperatures were significantly lower than operative temperatures in open locations or dappled sunlight, but higher than operative temperatures in shaded locations. Coefficients of determination (r2) showed that lizard body temperatures had less association with operative temperatures during sunny weather. The frequency of activity was greater in sunny weather, but the distances travelled during locomotory activity were not significantly different between weather conditions. The lizards were observed less frequently at the upper levels of the canopy during sunny weather. Enclosure design for captive animals should reflect both thermal and structural diversity to enable target body temperatures and appropriate levels of activity to be achieved. Captive breeding programmes may be the only means left for conserving C. zebrata, and information on the relationship between activity and thermal biology is crucial for effective captive breeding programmes.

10.1163/157075403323012232
/content/journals/10.1163/157075403323012232
dcterms_title,pub_keyword,dcterms_description,pub_author
6
3
Loading
Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/157075403323012232
Loading

Data & Media loading...

http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/157075403323012232
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/157075403323012232
2004-08-01
2016-12-02

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Applied Herpetology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation