Results for - Time For A Good, Long Nap -- Wake Me When It's Spring!

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As the cold settles in, animals all over our countries are preparing for hibernation. You may have noticed a flurry (no pun intended) of mammals and rodents stockpiling food for the winter, if you live in some of our colder areas, as they prepare for the upcoming winter. Do you live in an area of our countries where this happens?

1. As the cold settles in, animals all over our countries are preparing for hibernation. You may have noticed a flurry (no pun intended) of mammals and rodents stockpiling food for the winter, if you live in some of our colder areas, as they prepare for the upcoming winter. Do you live in an area of our countries where this happens?

Yes
60%
1,370 votes
No
25%
585 votes
Undecided
15%
345 votes
There are many winter survival strategies in the animal world, and one of the most interesting is hibernation. Some animals enter a state of

2. There are many winter survival strategies in the animal world, and one of the most interesting is hibernation. Some animals enter a state of "suspended animation." Their breathing and heart rates slow and they allow their body temperature to drop, in some cases even below freezing. They stop eating and in many cases stop excreting. All of these things happen so the animal can use less energy. Which of these hibernation facts did you already know?

Animals can survive without oxygen while hibernating, as their body temperature drops, their heart rate lowers, and their breathing rates are reduced by 50 to 100%
24%
546 votes
True hibernators wake up every few weeks to pass waste and eat. It is estimated that up to 90% of stored energy reserves are used for these brief periods of alertness.
20%
450 votes
Hibernation can even occur during the summer months. Known as "aestivation," this is a period of animal dormancy, usually by insects, reptiles, and amphibians, which occurs during dry months to retain water and conserve energy.
12%
286 votes
Some of our pets even hibernate, as both domesticated goldfish and hedgehogs hibernate.
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182 votes
Groundhog Day is actually a fairly accurate predictor of spring. Groundhogs wake up early from hibernation to get a head start on reproduction.
24%
553 votes
Knew all of these
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225 votes
None
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1,036 votes
Hibernaculum is Latin for

3. Hibernaculum is Latin for "winter quarters" and refers to where an animal hibernates, such as a den or cave. Oddly enough, contrary to what we thought when watching Yogi Bear, bears do not actually hibernate, in the true sense. They do however, go into a deep sleep, which is called "torpor". Unlike "true" hibernators, bears can be easily awoken from their winter lethargy and their body temperature doesn't drop substantially. However their heart rate does drop from 55 to 9 beats per minute and their metabolism is reduced by 53%. They also don't defecate or urinate all winter long, instead turning urine into protein. Bears give birth and nurse their young while "hibernating." Were you aware of this fact?

Yes
31%
716 votes
No
69%
1,584 votes
So, even though bears do not actually hibernate in the true sense, they are not alone. The list of animals who hibernate is extensive, but these animals actually do not hibernate. Which of these did you know do not actually hibernate?

4. So, even though bears do not actually hibernate in the true sense, they are not alone. The list of animals who hibernate is extensive, but these animals actually do not hibernate. Which of these did you know do not actually hibernate?

Muskrats
10%
227 votes
Beavers
20%
456 votes
Chickadees
14%
332 votes
Hummingbirds
19%
435 votes
Mice
25%
579 votes
Tree squirrels
24%
555 votes
Voles
7%
165 votes
Knew all
9%
213 votes
None
47%
1,079 votes
10/30/2019 Trivia 2370 23 By: Harriet56

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