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What Actually Happens When Animals Hibernate?

What Actually Happens When Animals Hibernate?

Ever feel like lying in bed and sleeping for days? Unlucky for us, humans can’t exactly hibernate. But some animals are capable of sleeping for months — without eating, drinking or expelling body waste.

Some species have developed unbelievable hibernation mechanisms. In the winter, wood frogs freeze like frog-shaped ice cubes — and then jump back into life once the air loses its chill.

How do these animals do it? What happens if they don’t hibernate? And who holds the record for the longest hibernation? Find out all these answers below.

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5:32AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

8:52AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

awesome facts and info

12:52PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

7:09PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Walking hibernation hmmm? That must be very common among humans as well as bears.

9:47AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

thank you!

6:41AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Fascinating, I knew animals hibernated to conserve energy during winter months when food is scarce, but didn't know how they did it.

5:45PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

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2:04AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

Interesting!

6:44PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thanks ~ I didn't know birds and lemurs hibernated...

12:09PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Very interesting :) thanks for the article

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