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!
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.
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.
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