Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Eugene Flaherty
Metabolic rates of adult cotton rats, Sigmodon bispidus, were determined for the summer season by a recently developed field method based on food consumption and by a laboratory-based oxygen consumption method. The metabolic rate as determined by the field method (0.308 kcal/g/day) was not significantly different from that (0.183 kcal /g/day) obtained in the laboratory. However, the oxygen consumption method was preferable because it required less time and additional data (i.e. the amount of time spent in the nest and the activity periods) concerning the behavior of the animal could be obtained.
Copyright 1975 Linda Rae Joyce
Joyce, Linda Rae, "A Comparison of Two Methods of Determining the Metabolic Rate of the Cotton Rat, Sigmodon Hispidus" (1975). Master's Theses. 1573.