NCBI ROFL: Phase 1: Build army of alligators that can run on land. Phase 2: Take over the world!

By ncbi rofl | August 20, 2009 5:07 pm

Exhaustive exercise training enhances aerobic capacity in American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).

“The oxygen transport system in mammals is extensively remodelled in response to repeated bouts of activity, but many reptiles appear to be ‘metabolically inflexible’ in response to exercise training. A recent report showed that estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) increase their maximum metabolic rate in response to exhaustive treadmill training, and in the present study, we confirm this response in another crocodilian, American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)… …Compared to sedentary control animals, alligators regularly trained for 15 months on a treadmill (run group) or in a flume (swim group) exhibited peak oxygen consumption rates higher by 27 and 16%, respectively.”

  • Matt

    Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

  • Livia

    How do you make an alligator exercise, I wonder? I would love to see a video.

  • Anonymous

    No, no, you've got the formula wrong.
    Phase 1: Build an army of alligators that can run on land
    Phase 2: ????
    Phase 3: Profit!

  • Mer

    I think the alligators would eat the underpants gnomes though.

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