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 Stephanie Louise Mann 1 , Roger Meek 2 1 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK Present address: The Ponderosa Rare Breeds Centre, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, UK 2 Herpetological Unit, Hudders eld Technical College, Hudders eld, UK Corresponding author, present address: 7 Rue Georges Clemenceau, Chasnais 85400, France; e-mail: Rogermeek85@aol.com Abstract. 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 signi cantly higher during sunny weather, but there was no signi cant difference in body temperature variance. Body temperatures were signi cantly lower than operative temperatures in open locations or dappled sunlight, but higher than operative temperatures in shaded locations. Coef cients of determination ( r 2 ) showed that lizard body temperatures had less association with operative temperatures during sunny weather. The frequency of activity was greater in
Applied Herpetology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
Keywords: THERMAL ENVIRONMENT; CONSERVATION; CORUCIA ZEBRATA; ACTIVITY PATTERNS; THERMOREGULATION; OPERATIVE TEMPERATURES
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