Imagine you’re a frog. Because you’re cold-blooded, your body is the same temperature as your surroundings. So as the temperature around you drops, your body also gets colder and colder, and you move slower and slower. You don’t have clothes or a furnace to keep you warm. You don’t even have fur! So what do you do in the winter? Hibernate!
When you think of animals hibernating, you may think of large mammals like bears. But bears don’t really hibernate. They fall into a deep sleep called torpor. The main difference is that with torpor, the animal can wake up quickly to avoid danger or walk around. Female bears will wake up to give birth. But when they sleep, they sleep very deeply to conserve energy.
Read more at Chippewa Valley Family Magazine.