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5 Animals That Come Out to Play in the Summer

5 Animals That Come Out to Play in the Summer
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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.


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4:28AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:55PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

I'd love to hibernate thru winter

5:55AM PDT on May 28, 2013

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.

4:10AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:53PM PDT on May 27, 2013

precious

10:56PM PDT on May 26, 2013

thanks

5:26PM PDT on May 26, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:11AM PDT on May 26, 2013

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.

2:11PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing, good information to know :) I saw a huge possum the other night not far from my house, strange because we are in a small city.

1:43PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Saw little girl dressed as a bee at the March Against Monsanto today! We must defeat Bayer, Dow, Monsatan, et al / convert them into organic by refusing to give our money towards anything that is affiliated wtith pesticides and poisons. Once they realize there is no profit to be had from us consumers any longer, they will switch over to whatever feeds their coffers. ORGANIC (veg'n), especially) will save all living beings, waters, soils, earth, forests....

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