Environmental Temperatures Influence on Metabolic Rates of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Christopher Sidwell, Katelyn Stewart, Jeri Wohnhas, Jocelyn Sutter, Kyley Moore


The metabolic rate for an ectotherm varies with ambient temperature. We measured the CO2 production of Madagascar Hissing cockroaches at different temperatures. For our experiment, we measured the metabolic rate of three different groups with three different cockroaches at 25 °C, 30°C, 12°C. Based on our findings, the CO2 production increases with higher temperature; therefore, the metabolic rate increases. This experiment shows how metabolic rate in ectotherms changes based on environmental temperatures.

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