Top 10 Hibernators

Top 10 Hibernators

When you’re a wild animal, surviving harsh winter weather and food shortages can be a challenge. Animals have adapted in many ways, one of which is hibernation. Though often thought to be a long sleep, hibernation is in fact very different, with animals lowering their metabolic rate, temperature, heart rate and breathing to reduce their need for food.

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[Music] Hi guys and welcome back so let’s talk About the top 10 hibernators let’s go When you’re a wild animal surviving Harsh winter weather and food shortages Can be a challenge Animals have adapted in many ways and One of which is hibernation Though often thought to be a long sleep Hibernation is in fact very different With animals lowering their metabolic Rate temperature Heart rate and breathing to reduce their Need for food Bears While bears are probably the first Animal you think of when you think Hibernation they don’t actually Hibernate well not in the true sense at Least Bears go into torpor which while similar To hibernation is different When interpret bears reduce both their Heart and breathing rate and there’s Temperature drops but less so than Animals that hibernate When interpret bears can and do wake up As easily but they can go for days Without waking eating drinking or going To the toilet Garter snakes While many animals hibernate alone Hibernation in garter snakes is a group Activity

Hundreds or perhaps even thousands of Snakes come together in a dam to Hibernate The closed contact helps them to keep Warm which is important for cold-blooded Animals Box turtles Many turtles Hibernate but it varies with species and Location Both turtles can hibernate for between Three to five months a year and they dig Themselves an underground bureau Lower their heart rate to 5 to 10 beats Per minute and stop breathing completely But they don’t go without oxygen as they Take it up through their skin Snails Snails may not be the first animal you Think of when it comes to hibernation But some do when they hibernate snails Retreat into their shells and seal off The entrance with mucus to keep in Moisture and stop them from drying out They don’t just do this in cold weather Either they also protect themselves from Hot weather Although this is known as easter Aviation Marmots Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep through the Entire of winter well marmots can or at Least they hibernate through winter Sometimes for eight months at a time

When hibernating marmots can reduce Their heart rate to three to four beats Per minute and will take two to three Breathes a minute Common poor will There’s a reason you don’t hear much About birds hibernating and that is Because most don’t The common pearl is the only one and it Does not so because it’s Because if insect food is unavailable in Winter Rather than migrate the birds snuggle in A hollow log and wait out the winter by Lowering their metabolic rate and Hibernating Bats Bats go into a state of torpor a reduced Hibernation overnight when temperatures Drop or food becomes scars Some species take it as a step further And hibernate over winter But generally it’s those that live in Areas where insects are less available During winter months when in torpor or Hibernating bats huddle together from Ceilings or cave walls and can reduce Their heart rates to 10 meters per Minute Hedgehogs Hedgehogs can hibernate for weeks or Months depending on how cold the winter Gets During hibernation hedgehogs can drop

Their heart rate by up to 90 percent but May wake up briefly if it gets too cold The increased heart rate when they work With the awake warms them up slightly Before they go back to sleep Bumblebees Not all bees hibernate but for the Bumblebee hibernation is a part of life Well for the queen at least All males and worker bees die when the Temperature drops leaving the queen to Find a suitable spot to wait out the Winter When temperature rises the queen emerges Builds a nest and lays a whole new Colony Wood frogs Wood frogs go one step further than most Animals when it comes to hibernation and Stop breathing and their heart Completely In fact they cool down so much that ice Crystals form in their blood they bed Down in lungs Burrows of leaf Piles of oil or piles of leaf or in for Winter and remain there until summer When they warm up and start breathing Again That’s it for today stay safe and see You on to the next one