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Re: storing a food source

On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 02:13:58PM -0400, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. scripsit:
> > From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] 
> > On Behalf Of Augusto Haro
> > Can it be that some reptiles are unlikely to store fat? It 
> > seems that storing fat in snakes may hinder locomotion more 
> > than in other reptiles. Perhaps also in flying birds.
> > 
> Flying birds store fat, too. Just not too much...

Migrating birds are known to lose close to half their body weight on
long crossings.  Lots of that difference is fat.  It's generally
well-distributed fat (this is why you need a catching pan under the
roast goose while it's roasting) rather than specific fat deposits,
though some birds do have those even in non-domestic varieties.

-- Graydon