Tidbit Thursday: It’s Cool to be Cold-blooded

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Tidbit Thursday

It’s Cool to be Cold-blooded

 

What does it mean to be an ectotherm?

And who is one-maybe a worm?

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Our body temperature is not steady

In changing weather, we must be ready

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When it’s warm we bask in the sun

Taking in heat so our systems can run

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When it is cold outside, we slow way down

Some of us hide underground.

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Cold blooded animals are we

Like a snake or a honeybee

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We include the reptiles and fish

Amphibians and worms are on the list.

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Adjusting our body temperature gets harder

As climate change goes farther and farther.

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Learn more about us because we’re not just cold,

we’re pretty COOL!!!

Here are some articles about being cold-blooded, especially in a changing climate.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170608-why-some-cold-blooded-animals-can-get-a-fever

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150216064832.htm

http://www.wildlife.org/cold-blooded-animals-will-have-global-warming-struggle/

Enjoy!

Peace,

Nature Mamaw

Illustration is my original. Photographs are courtesy of pixabay.com

 

 

 

 

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