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Getting around in a Complex World

Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt

in Lizards

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234017
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234017.003.0002
Getting around in a Complex World

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From a lizard's perspective, the world is a complex set of landscapes. Physical landscapes change relatively slowly, but changes can be great given enough time. Because lizards cannot regulate their body temperatures physiologically like mammals and birds, the thermal landscape is of particular importance and in many respects, more complex than the physical landscape itself. This chapter discusses how lizards move around in their respective habitats, how they perform their daily activities within constraints of the particular habitat where they live. It examines the physiological responses of lizards, including their locomotor abilities, thermoregulation, and other intra- and interspecific interactions.

Keywords: body temperatures; habitats; physiological responses; locomotor abilities; thermoregulation

Chapter.  12751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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