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ambient surrounding
carapace a shield covering the back of an animal such as a crab, terrapin, or tortoise
detritus debris, rubbish, waste
ectothermic depending upon warmth from outside the body
food-related metabolite a product resulting from food breakdown by digestion
nitrifying bacteria bacteria that can reduce the level of ammonia by converting it to other substances
omnivore an animal that feeds on both plant material and flesh
poikilothermic cold-blooded (not needing warmth to function)
porphyrin pigment an abnormal pigment in the urine that turns dark red on standing
prophylaxis cautionary measures to prevent disease
vivarium a place for keeping animals in as near to their natural state as possible, such as an aquarium or a terrarium