5 Animals That Come Out to Play in the Summer

Along with the enchanting sights and sounds that summertime brings, comes a whole host of sun loving animals.

After staying asleep all winter, these critters are the first to come out to play as soon as the weather starts heating up!

1. Bumblebees

Usually only the queen bee survives the winter and after hibernating from anywhere between 6-8 months at a time, hiding in either a hole in the soil, under leaf mulch or inside a rotten tree stump, she finally emerges. She doesn’t hang around before finding herself a nice little spot to build a nest and form a whole new army of worker bees. It’s no surprise that these busy bees love the sun since they thrive on pollinating crops and wildflowers that are in full flourish in the summer months.

Did you know? – Bumblebees are dangerously on the decline from all sorts of pollutants and pesticides.

2. Box Turtles

Depending on which part of the U.S. box turtles call home, their winter sleep can last anywhere up to 154 days, during which time their heart beats just once every 5-10 minutes. They are super sensitive animals, and if they try to join in on the summer fun too early they will likely not survive. What makes the box turtle extra awesome is their incredible ability to hide from danger within their regenerating hinged shell which they can clamp shut to keep out even the most determined of predators.

Did you know? – Box turtles can live to be over 100 years of age and have been on the earth for more than 2 million years.

3. Hedgehogs

Not many animals sleep deeper than these spiky little fellows. Commonly found in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand, hedgehogs sleep the whole winter through without waking up once, in order to cope with the scarcity of available food. They normally maintain a constant body temperature of around 35 degrees centigrade, but the onset of winter sees this drop to a chilling 6 degrees centigrade! Luckily their bodies are filled with plenty of special cells that release heat 20 times faster than white cells, keeping them warm and toasty.

Did you know? – Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets and mommy hedgehogs have around 4-5 hoglets in a litter.

4. Bagders

Primarily found in North America, Asia and Europe, badgers are nocturnal animals that love nothing more than frolicking around in the warm summer evenings. Over the winter months, they store enough food in their burrows to wake up and eat, before heading straight back into their slumber. Dining on a selection of both animal and plant food, badgers are omnivorous animals that feast on several hundred earthworms every night. These social creatures live together in huge underground setts inherited from their parents that feature a series of interlocking tunnels with several entrances, nest chambers and toilets. They are constantly refining and expanding their setts, some of which are centuries old!

Did you know? – Badgers are ferocious animals that will even pick a fight with a bear or wolf.

5. Moths

Hibernating in clusters and sleeping in cracks or creeks in the wood, moths must undergo both physiological and behavioral adaptations to survive the treacherous winter months, each of which occurs at a different stage in the moth’s life cycle. When the sun finally returns and the flowers begin to bloom once again, moths and their equally impressive counterparts, butterflies, are the first to tuck into the summer’s delights.

Did you know? – A male moth can smell a female more than 7 miles away!

Photo Credits: Bentom Wyemji, audreyjm529, Joe Dunckley, Tim Brookes, thelearnedfoot_

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Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.about a year ago

thanks for sharing

Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

Allow them and ourselves the environment to enjoy

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider2 years ago

I'd love to hibernate thru winter

Kat K.
Kat K.2 years ago

They are all so precious and beautiful, and we are so blessed to have them. We have to keep on fighting for all of them. The planet depends on them. We must love them and take care of them.

Mia Reh
Mia Reh2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia2 years ago

thanks for sharing

Julien B.
Julien B.2 years ago

What’s far more significant in the ecological “real world” (that is, those regions whose present-day soils actually resemble the soil cover the planet has had for the circa 95 percent of history when there have been no polar ice caps, comprising Australia and sub-Saharan Africa) are those animals that enter daily torpor during the non-active phase of their life cycle.

Living on the impoverished soils revealed by a limited paleopedological record to have been universal until the Antarctic Ice Sheet formed 30 million years ago after 250 million years free of polar ice caps, animals like mousebirds in Africa and dunnarts in arid Australia must lower their already relatively low body temperature whenever inactive. This enables them to use only the very limited energy on these geologically “average” soils, and is a complete contrast to the extreme seasonal flushed of productivity on soils that are geologically off the top of the map in fertility.