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How are you keeping warm and dry?>Are you staying inside with the furnace turned up??>Wearing a big coat, a hat & mittens???>Eating hot soup and drinking hot chocolate???How do you think wild animals, birds and insects stay warm and fed?>Do animals have houses with heaters and cupboards full of food like people do?? NO, but they DO have special ways to survive the winter:
Most furry animals grow an extra thick coat as the fall days get colder.>Pet your dog or cat and feel their thicker winter coat.
In autumn, animals eat as much as they can to put on extra fat because if they eat plants, fruit or insects there is little food for them in winter. Some animals store seeds and nuts for winter food.>Think hard...Have you seen any bugs crawling or flying outside this week?
Skunks, groundhogs, snakes and badgers use dens or burrows in the ground-even under houses-for shelter from wind and wet. Often several snuggle together to slow the loss of body heat.>Cuddle with Mom, Dad, Grandma or a pet. Warms you up doesn’t it??
animals appear to be in a deep sleep, but their breathing and heart beat have slowedway down & their body temperature drops very low so that they don’t need any food. Otherwisethey could starve to death over winter. True hibernators do not wake up until spring. Kansaswinters are not always cold enough for animals to fully hibernate. Earthworms, frogs, toads,mud turtles, bats, badgers, groundhogs, prairie dogs, raccoons and bumble bees are hibernators.
is like hibernation but things don’t slow down as much. Animals in torpor often rouse onwarm days and come out of their dens to look for food or eat food they stored in the den. Somescientists say bears do not hibernate but instead enter a state of torpor. Others disagree.>Maybe YOU will become a scientist & solve this question some day.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT>
In Finland (a country in the far north of Europe--check anatlas) good dens can be so scarce that toads, frogs, grass snakes, lizards, bats, slow worms &adders (a kind of snake) may all share the same den to survive the
cold Finnish winters.>Guess where reindeer come from??? Do reindeer mind the cold?
Chickadee -Kirsten Munson