RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 148,605
Posts: 5,888,842
Members: 26,343
Currently online: 469
Newest member: Salvage1

TrekToday headlines

Star Trek/Green Lantern #4
By: T'Bonz on Oct 13

Redshirt’s Little Book Of Doom
By: T'Bonz on Oct 13

Shatner As Twain Tonight
By: T'Bonz on Oct 13

More Dubai Star Trek Beyond Photos
By: T'Bonz on Oct 13

The Red Shirt Diaries: Shore Leave
By: T'Bonz on Oct 12

Shatner-Takei Feud Is On Again
By: T'Bonz on Oct 12

Star Trek Beyond Videos And Photos
By: T'Bonz on Oct 12

Retro Review: Cold Fire
By: Michelle Erica Green on Oct 9

Star Trek: The Animated Voyages Digital Comic Book #3
By: T'Bonz on Oct 9

Trek Writing Contest Returns
By: T'Bonz on Oct 9

Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.

Go Back   The Trek BBS > Star Trek TV Series > Deep Space Nine

Deep Space Nine What We Left Behind, we will always have here.

Thread Tools
Old February 19 2013, 02:30 PM   #1
Dal Rassak
Lieutenant Commander
Dal Rassak's Avatar
Location: Terok Nor
Cardassians, cold- or warmblooded?

My assumption has always been that they're meant to be cold-blooded due to the reptilian aspect of their ancestry.

Their liking for heat is emphasized several times during the DS9 run; and the last volume of the Terok Nor trilogy (not strictly canon, o.k., but official) has Cardassian staff falling into an impaired lethargy when the environmental controls are compromised. This fits with reptile biology and would make sense.
"Trust is good; control is better"
Dal Rassak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 19 2013, 03:31 PM   #2
Sigokat's Avatar
Location: Fort Bragg, NC but from Chicago (currently deployed)
Re: Cardassians, cold- or warmblooded?

That's an interesting question. I guess I never really thought about that, but I can see how they could very well be cold-blooded. Aren't they the only other reptilian like race besides the Gorn?
Sigokat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 19 2013, 04:16 PM   #3
Gul Re'jal
Gul Re'jal's Avatar
Location: Gul Re'jal is suspecting she's on the wrong space station
Re: Cardassians, cold- or warmblooded?

While Cardassian physiology is suggested to be reptilian and their evolutionary ancestors were reptiles, they seem more mammalian than reptilian. And the ability to have offspring with mammals suggests they can't be very reptilian. So no, I don't think they are cold-blooded. Not anymore. Love for heat can be one of things that is left after they evolutionary past, but it doesn't have to mean they are cold-blooded.
Gul Re'jal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 20 2013, 12:50 AM   #4
Fleet Captain
Re: Cardassians, cold- or warmblooded?

I doubt that a polar bear or a gray seal would enjoy a tropical environment, nor an elephant an Arctic one. None of these species are reptiles.

One thing is that Earth-based animal taxonomy may only be Earth-based. Mammals as we know them on Earth may not have evolved exactly on other worlds. For all we know, Cardassians may have a reptilian physiology, but give birth in an exact manner to mammals. As a tangential point, Klingons appear to be descended distantly to carnivorous crustacean-like animals, and may even have retained crustacean traits despite them having hair and being (in that respect) mammalian.
indolover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 20 2013, 01:00 AM   #5
TheRoyalFamily's Avatar
Re: Cardassians, cold- or warmblooded?

That one ancient alien race influenced the evolution of a bunch of planets so they could all make babies together, more or less. So the Cardassians can't be that reptilian.

Also, why can't reptiles be warm-blooded? Maybe they are an evolutionary branch (modified, of course, by the mentioned ancient aliens) of Cardassian velociraptors or something.
You perceive wrongly. I feel unimaginable happiness wasting time talking with women. I'm that type of human.
TheRoyalFamily is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.