Science: Monster Doctor

Herpetologist William H. Woodin III of Tucson, Ariz, is devoted to one of the oddest of odd scientific occupations. Last week he was scurrying round the desert taking the temperatures of Gila monsters.

Young Woodin (grandson of William H. Woodin, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first Secretary of the Treasury) is assistant director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Trailside Museum. His purpose: to explore the intimate lives of all Southwestern reptiles, a subject not well known. Since reptiles are "coldblooded" (i.e., have no built-in thermostats as mammals do), they must adjust their activities to the temperature...

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