The festive season is a jolly time of year for people, but it may present a myriad of threats to the health and well-being of pets if their two-legged companions aren’t conserving their wits about them. As ectotherms are dependent on inner vitality sources, and can’t regulate their own body temperature, they need to discover different ways of coping with the chilly (Voituron et al., 2009). Many ectotherms have developed coping strategies to cut back the influence of chilly temperatures. These vary from behavioural (hibernation below mud, migration to hotter areas, annual lifespans) to physiological. Physiological methods include Freeze Tolerance (FT) and Freeze Avoidance (FA) (Warren et al., 2001; Lee, 1991; Salt, 1961). FT species actively encourage early ice formation in extracellular spaces, whereas FA species forestall ice formation by supercooling their physique liquids to effectively under freezing point and removing potential ice nucleators.
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