The temperature relations of vocalization in infant Golden hamsters and Wistar rats



Environmental temperature changes are capable of evoking ultrasonic responses from the young of Wistar rats and Golden hamsters. The changes with age in the intensity of these sounds and the rate of calling are found to be related to the pattern of development of homiothermy in the two species. In the Golden hamster, the same temperature changes also evoke audible calls which show a different pattern of variation with age. These findings are discussed in comparison with those previously reported for albino mice.