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cold-blooded animals

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Animals, such as reptiles, fishes, and amphibians, that cannot control their body temperature and therefore become sluggish in cold weather. (Compare warm-blooded animals.)

Note: Cold-blooded animals are often seen sunning themselves to warm up.
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  • Many others of the cold-blooded animals will do the same thing.

    Fasting Girls William Alexander Hammond
  • All fish are cold-blooded animals; A whale is not a cold-blooded animal; therefore, A whale is not a fish.

    Thought-Culture William Walker Atkinson
  • In cold-blooded animals, like fish or frogs, muscles become sluggish when they are cold.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • True fishes are cold-blooded animals, and not sensible to differences of temperature.

  • Reptiles are cold-blooded animals having scaly skins, and breathing by lungs and not by gills as do the fish.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • In the adult state Batrachians are cold-blooded animals with incomplete circulation, inactive respiration, and the skin is bare.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • We now come to the cold-blooded animals, which are divided into three classes.

  • He found the pulmonary respiration to continue in cold-blooded animals many minutes after the heart was paralysed.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • There appears to be some difference between its effects on warm and cold-blooded animals.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The cold-blooded animals breathe little, and are slow-moving creatures with deficient sensation and small powers of action.

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