Accession Number:

AD0655664

Title:

TEMPERATURE PREFERENCE IN GOLDEN HAMSTERS,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The preferences of pre-and-post-hibernative hamsters for relatively cool 8C or relatively warm 19C or 24C environmental temperatures was tested in a T-maze using the method of forced choice to equate number of visits to, and total time spent in each environment. The findings of the experiment were 1 pre-hibernative hamsters show a marked preference for an 8C environment to either a 19C or 24C environment, and 2 following arousal there occurs a shift in preference on the part of the hamsters to a 24C environment over one of 8C. The significance of these results is discussed in terms of possible purposive thermoregulatory behaviors. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE