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Ectothermic

ecto- a combining form meaning “outer,” “outside,” “external,” used in the formation of compound words.

thermic - associated with or relating to heat.


Cold-blooded, having a body temperature not internally regulated and the same as the temperature of the environment. Being ectothermic means a lower cost of living to the animal (reptile) as it does not spend energy on generating body heat.

Reptile - Mojave Desert - Glossary of Terms and Definitions

An ectothermic (cold-blooded), air-breathing animal with scales and a backbone; includes snakes, lizards, turtles, etc. Related pages: AMPHIBIAN Twelve ...

Death Valley Wildlife - Reptiles

Reptiles REPTILE - An ectothermic (cold-blooded), air-breathing animal with scales and a backbone; includes snakes, lizards, turtles, etc. Snakes < detailed list

Reptiles in Joshua Tree National Park

Being ectothermic (obtaining their body heat solely from the external environment ), reptiles have a much lower cost of living than do birds and mammals which ...

Desert sidewinder snake - Crotalus cerastes
The sidewinder rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes) is an ectothermic animal.
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