from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An organism that depends on external sources for its body heat.
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- noun biology a
cold-blooded animalwhich regulatesits body temperatureby exchanging heatwith its surroundings
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- noun an animal whose body temperature varies with the temperature of its surroundings; any animal except birds and mammals
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That's why several zoos are participating in a sort of sperm bank for snot otters, says Dale McGinnity, ectotherm curator for the Nashville Zoo.
Green Movement's New Mascot: the Slimy Snot Otter Leslie Eaton 2011
Whereas an endotherm expends a tremendous amount of energy just to maintain a constant body temperature, a cold ectotherm can pass months at a time requiring little food or oxygen.
Endotherms differ from an ectotherm because they typically have core temperatures above that of the surrounding environment, whereas the core temperatures of ectotherms depend on external sources of heat – primarily from solar radiation.
Turtle • Endotherm / ectotherm - Migration to northern water • Problems - Stagnant ocean -