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Digestive Efficiency in Some Australian Pythons

Bedford, Gavin S. and Christian, Keith A. (2000). Digestive Efficiency in Some Australian Pythons. Copeia,2000(3):829-834.

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Title Digestive Efficiency in Some Australian Pythons
Author Bedford, Gavin S.
Christian, Keith A.
Journal Name Copeia
Publication Date 2000
Volume Number 2000
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0045-8511   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0034604440
Start Page 829
End Page 834
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Charleston USA
Publisher American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The digestive efficiencies of seven taxa of Australian pythons were examined with respect to body temperature, meal size, and passage time. The hair of rodents was not digested by the snakes. Digestive efficiencies were not influenced by body temperature, and the values ranged from 89% to 98% if hair was included and from 99.3% to 99.8% if hair was excluded from the analyses. The digestive efficiency of different food types can be made more comparable by taking into account the known indigestible components. Passage time was significantly longer at 24 C than at 30 or 33 C. Passage time was not related to relative meal size.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/0045-8511(2000)000[0829:DEISAP]2.0.CO;2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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