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When Will Your Furry Friends Wake up From the Long Nap

10 Feb 2016, 2:41 pm

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Are you starting to miss your furry friends? Some of our favorite animals have been in hibernation or migrated for the winter. Because of cold temperatures and lack of food resources, many animals are forced to adapt by leaving or sleeping through the harsh months. Scientists are still studying hibernation pattern but believe the change in daylight, temperature, and available food trigger a hibernation. Animals are able to conserve energy by lowering their body temperature and sleeping.

As for when the animals will be back again depends on the temperature. As it gets warmer closer to spring, animals come out of hibernation. Some of the earliest risers include ground squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks. During hibernation, squirrels can lower their body temperature to 27 degrees Fahrenheit. A squirrel’s hibernation can begin as early as August and last through April. Groundhogs usually hibernate from October to March. Chipmunks can wake as early as February.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan
(Headline image: Ladycamera)

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