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Pythons Can Be Couch Potatoes, Too -- Consumption Of Certain Food Types Cause The Constricting Reptile To Expend Excessive Energy In Digestion

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August 26, 2002
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A team of UC Irvine researchers has found that pythons use significantly more energy to digest proteins than they do carbohydrates, revealing that metabolic rates needed for digestion are based on the content of the food instead of the volume. The findings also provide more information on understanding how other animals - and humans - metabolize food and the importance of their diet.

Irvine, Calif. -- Gary Larson, creator of "The Far Side," is noted for morphing animal scientific attributes into human behavior in his comic strips. Consider the sketch of a family of pythons lying about after Thanksgiving dinner. The snakes that consumed a mouse, some chicken and glucose are ready to go out and play football shortly after dining. But the pythons that indulged on the starchy foods cannot budge from the couch, still trying to digest their meal. A scene from a Larson cartoon? Perhaps. But it is also a notion based in scientific fact.


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University Of California - Irvine. "Pythons Can Be Couch Potatoes, Too -- Consumption Of Certain Food Types Cause The Constricting Reptile To Expend Excessive Energy In Digestion." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 August 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020826070652.htm>.
University Of California - Irvine. (2002, August 26). Pythons Can Be Couch Potatoes, Too -- Consumption Of Certain Food Types Cause The Constricting Reptile To Expend Excessive Energy In Digestion. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020826070652.htm
University Of California - Irvine. "Pythons Can Be Couch Potatoes, Too -- Consumption Of Certain Food Types Cause The Constricting Reptile To Expend Excessive Energy In Digestion." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020826070652.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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