Title

Latitudinal Variation in Thermal Ecology of North American Ratsnakes and its Implications for the Effect of Climate Warming on Snakes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Department

Biology

Abstract

The authors show that despite numerous differences among populations of ratsnakes across a latitudinal gradient of >1500 km, overall behavioral thermoregulation was surprisingly similar. These results suggest that the snakes’ ability to respond to climate warming will be determined largely by their capacity to adjust timing of activity.

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