Do badgers hibernate in the winter?

Question answered by Bryan Bybee, Biologist, INL ESER Program The simple answer is that badgers do not hibernate. Hibernation is a seasonal behavior pattern characterized by long periods of reduced body temperature, inactivity, lowered heart and breathing rates, and suppressed metabolism. Body temperatures may be reduced to nearly that of the surroundings. By this definition,…

Do hibernating squirrels and marmots have better resistance to cold than other mammals, even before they enter hibernation? It seems like they would be too cold to sleep all winter.

Question Answered by Greg Burak, Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Service,  Boise Office That is a great question!  During hibernation, ground squirrels, such as the northern Idaho ground squirrel, enter long periods of time when they are inactive and sleeping.  This is called torpor.  While in torpor, the body temperature of a ground squirrel is about…

Do snakes hibernate?

Question Asked by Mrs. Johnson’s 4th Grade Class, Westside Elementary Answered by Alana Jensen, INL Environmental Educator, GSS ESER Program Snakes and other reptiles don’t hibernate; they brumate. Brumation in reptiles is quite different from hibernation in mammals. Reptiles do not sleep the winter away, nor do they live off their fat reserves. They are alert, though sluggish, and…