Perspiration among carnivores [mammals].
- March 24, 2007 at 1:58 pm #7256
Hi, I have got a tricky question which is really hard to answer (for me…).
What is the reason why Carnivores do not sweat? There are other ways of thermoregulation used by them, but why evolution was favoring alternative solutions but not perspiration? Nothing to do with smell I guess, maybe with nitrogen? What do you think?
Sorry for errors, English is not my native language.
- March 24, 2007 at 5:27 pm #70475crashxxbrnParticipant
I don’t know about the evolution question you asked, but carnivores maintain thermostasis through hyperventilation (think of panting dogs in the summertime).
- March 24, 2007 at 8:15 pm #70484DarbyParticipant
Keep in mind that perspiration is the exception rather than the rule.
- March 25, 2007 at 12:26 am #70492KhaiyParticipant
I can’t say for sure, but possibly it has something to do with smell? I don’t know exactly why you ruled it out right away… but sweat has a pretty strong smell, and maybe prey would be able to pick up on it? Like I said, just a guess…
- March 25, 2007 at 8:03 am #70499
Smell – cat for example hunt agnist wind, so victim can not smell it, i don’t think that dogs coul care less, becouse they hunt in completly different way.
Also there must be some reason why carnivores lost ability to sweat during evolution (ancestor[right word?] had sweat glands).
Maybe sth with the food (meat)?
Come on people… :]
- March 25, 2007 at 10:19 am #70500deli79Participant
maybe they didn’t want to loose a lot of the water in their body. after i run, i usually drink a lot, and maybe water was not always available and even if it were, maybe not alot…. i’m guessing of course.
- March 25, 2007 at 12:42 pm #70502
They could get as much water as their wictims, which used perspiration, so i think you missed 😉
- March 26, 2007 at 10:19 pm #70545DarbyParticipant
Try this: name ten groups of mammals that cool with perspiration. It’s just not the typical approach.
- March 27, 2007 at 2:55 am #70557mithParticipant
sharks don’t sweat, neither do crocodiles
- March 27, 2007 at 6:10 am #70568thehundredthoneParticipant
^ Ambiguity about carnivores addressed :p
I guess he meant mammalian carnivores. Panting is the one way that most carnivores cool themselves. The tongue is richly vascularised.
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I didn’t want to paraphrase, so my apologies for the huge quotes.
Spaces because I’m not allowed URL’s yet.
To summarise, :p
– Insensible perspiration (direct evaporation)
– Fur licking
– Sweat glands at the soles of the feet
Of course this comes into play only when respiration is not enough.
Also, as mentioned by Darby it is the exception and not the rule. 🙂
The odour of perspiration (as you may already know) is mainly due to the bacteria on the skin.
- March 27, 2007 at 3:10 pm #70576
Well, I’m still confused, I know about panting and stuff, but I was rather interested in a reason why those animals (mammalian carnivores) stoped sweating (so, not in what way they are cooling themselves) if of corse there is some reason. But there can not be any general reason as well :(.
For example horse sweat to coll it down (right?) but dogs which could hunt them would run as far as them (hypothetically) but would pant, when dogs could same as horses.
Maybe it’s like said Darby, or not?
Do you know what i mean?
- March 29, 2007 at 8:34 am #70651arianParticipant
they do sweet. I remember that my dog when he runned and runned he could avoit sweeting by leaning his toungue out and drripple out. this is one of sweeting and they can cool down the tempretature of its body. I hope my answer will match your request.
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