Ectotherm is an organism that needs heat to control their body temperature. The word "Ecototherm" is from the Greek word εκτός (ektós) "outside" and θερμός (thermós) "hot". Many animals including turtles, butterflies and frogs needs heat in order to digest their foods. If heat is not provided, their metabolism rate will go down. They will stop eating and die.
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