7. Garter snakes like to hibernate together. In Canada, where winters get exceptionally cold, it is not uncommon to find hundreds and even thousands of garter snakes cozying up together for warmth. Although, I imagine feeling cozy is not easy when you are a cold-blooded animal. When spring arrives and the snow melts, all the snakes leave the hibernating den together, each seeking their own rock to finally bask in the sun’s returned warmth and glory.
8. Big brown bats can make it through the winter without eating, but they do need to wake up to drink. Their heart rate drops from the normal 1000 beats per minute to 25 beats per minute and they will take only one breath about every two hours.
9. There is only one known bird species that hibernates – the Common Poorwill. This little brown speckled bird finds a sheltered area and hunkers down for up to five months. It can stay solidly asleep for up to 100 days, but once it awakens it needs about seven hours to regain its normal body temperature.
10. The four bear species that hibernate (Brown, Asiatic, Polar and American Black bear) do not hibernate as deeply as other animals, such as the hedgehog, as their temperature only drops a little and they can fully wake up very quickly. Furthermore, mother bears actually work hard during hibernation as this is when she gives birth to her cubs and raises them for the first few months of their lives.
On a final note…
Does someone in your household bother you with deep hibernating-like snoring? Check-out what a black bear snore sounds like and then let us know in the comment section who is worse, your partner, parent or roommate or this sleepy black bear!
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