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Nick Tennick

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Nick has always loved the outdoors and never turns down an opportunity for an adventure. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, where he grew up, Nick spent a gap year in the Zimbabwean bushveld which truly sparked his love for wildlife and conservation ...

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on Keeping cool in the Delightfully Warm Summer Heat: Reptiles

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Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Thank you, Nick. Nature has a way of keeping a balance, in this case body heat. We can learn a lot still. I get the picture of thousands of small minute solar panels & and built-in regulator.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Gawie, you are spot on. Balancing energy storage and consumption is arguably the most critical element of survival out in the bush and reptiles have adapted to do this so effectively.

Jos Smulders
Explorer

I’ve noticed a change to your virtual safaris. I’m not enjoying it as much, as I used to. I find it a bit too contrived. Too jumpy, the music in background. Not enhancing the experience. Sorry. My honest opinion.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks , Nick, for the interesting blog on reptiles and body temperature.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

You are Welcome, Christa.

Dave Mills
Senior Digital Ranger

Excellent, Nick. Thanks.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great second installment Nick! You’ve included many interesting facts, especially regarding the chameleons. Now if only we could regulate our temperatures as successfully as these reptiles!

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank you, Denise. I’m glad you enjoyed the second instalment, look out for part three where Birds will be the focus.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Nick, good recap of the heat regulatory systems of reptiles. How they compensate for their lack of Thermo heat production is amazing as is nature always.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thanks William. I love how reptiles are happy to go with the flow and are wise enough to use their surrounding environment to thermoregulate. Very efficient indeed.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Nick your story is well explained and loved the foto’s as well. That rock python is a beautiful snake. We have definitely learned something today about the the temperature regulation of these reptiles. Tortoises are such graceful reptiles, I love watching them walk and eat.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank You, Valmai. I’m glad you enjoyed learning something new from this post.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great blog Nick! I find the differences between how “hot” and “cold” blooded animals regulate their body temperatures, and the differences within in each category equally fascinating.

Nick Tennick
Contributor

Thank You, Paul.

Karen Wiese
Explorer

Very informative article!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Great information. I wonder how much water a Tortoise can store in its bursa sac.

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