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A message from nature to muskrats: 'Dont chill out'

ented few behavioural or metabolic changes in dive performance related to hypothermia in adult muskrats. While implying there is no energetic benefit to muskrats diving with a reduced Tb, this finding also suggests an impressive resistance to the effects of hypothermia in these animals. An elevation in average for hypothermic individuals implies that adult muskrats may defer rewarming to surface intervals.

The overriding conclusion to emerge from this study is that hypothermia in muskrats exerts a negligible effect on dive performance, as it influences neither submergence nor post-immersion metabolic costs.


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