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RE: storing a food source
On Thu, Sep 17th, 2009 at 4:13 AM, "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <email@example.com>
> > 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...
Young chicks can store prodigious amounts of fat. Juvenile (pre-volant) mutton
birds often out-
weight their parents. Visually they can appear twice the size (although a lot
of that might be fluff).
Caged birds can also become grossly over-weight if fed a poor diet and unable
to exercise. I've
seen budgies with over-hanging beer-guts (or would that be a 'seed-gut'?).
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