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Offline Bass

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Fat lizard?
« on: 28/06/2007 16:17:22 »
I've never seen an obese lizard or snake.  Do reptiles store store fat like mammals?  If not, can adipose enhanced humans learn anything from reptiles concerning weigth management?


 

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Fat lizard?
« Reply #1 on: 28/06/2007 16:42:18 »
I've never seen an obese lizard or snake.  Do reptiles store store fat like mammals?  If not, can adipose enhanced humans learn anything from reptiles concerning weigth management?

I am not aware of any pure hunting animal being obese in the wild - herbivores can keep eating, and keep putting on weight, but a carnivorous hunter species, if it is overweight, will not catch its prey, and will quickly lose weight.

OK, polar bears need some fat, and are hunters - but they tend still to be limited in the amount of fat they have to what they need and not more.
 

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Fat lizard?
« Reply #2 on: 28/06/2007 23:25:37 »
Reptiles do retain fat. Lizards tails are the repository for fat reserves. Alligators also have fat in their tails. It is necessary for reptiles to have fat reserves, especially those that live in extreme conditions.
 

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