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10 Weird Facts About Hibernating Animals

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!


Now that you’ve watched a cute hibernating bear, try saving some! Protect bear habitats here.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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6:09AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

7:13PM PDT on May 3, 2014

I think we would all be better off hibernating from time to time - LOL :)

8:56PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Fascinating, certainly during this long and cold winter, I have been doing a wee bit of hibernating myself. The natural world has a solution for many things.

6:04AM PST on Dec 12, 2013

good point, Malgorzata :-)

9:07PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

I love snakes

11:19AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

I think I will hibernate until Black Friday is over.

10:41AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Very interesting.

6:05AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Today I learned something more than by some animals that Today I learned something more than by some animals that hibernation.

8:08PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

loved the hibernating information on the different species. very fascinating !!! I grew up in the country, saw Garter Snakes all the time, but I never new they hibernated like that. pretty cool !!!
I signed the petition on the 18th. :-)

3:19PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

very cute snoring bear - love it

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