publication . Conference object . 2010

The phenotypic flexibility of the visceral organs of pythons during digestion revealed by modern imaging techniques

Kasper Hansen; Henrik Lauridsen; Tobias Wang Nielsen; Michael Pedersen;
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  • Published: 30 Jun 2010
Abstract
Pythons, renowned for their abilities to fast for manybmonths and ingest very large meals, exhibit extreme physiological adaptations to their “sit-and-wait predator” lifestyle. In particular, the size and function of their visceral organs are rapidly up- and downregulated during the transitions between feast and famine. <br/>In this study, we have employed computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to successively portrait the complete digestion cycle in a completely non-invasive way. Two- and threedimensional graphical reconstructions were performed, specifically addressing the visceral organs and intestines. Fasting Burmese pythons (Python m...
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publication . Conference object . 2010

The phenotypic flexibility of the visceral organs of pythons during digestion revealed by modern imaging techniques

Kasper Hansen; Henrik Lauridsen; Tobias Wang Nielsen; Michael Pedersen;