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Entries filed under 'torpor'

    Hibernation Envy: Time for a Long Winter's Nap?

    fileWould you hibernate if you could? We're deep into daylight-shrinking time here in the northern hemisphere, and many of our fellow mammals (and some other creatures) have already bedded down for a long winter's nap.   Faced with the extra pressures of the holiday season, I admit to some envy for the European dormouse (shown below), who famously snoozed through the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll was onto something:  Each fall, the dormouse stuffs itself to twice its ...

    Posted by KellyH on December 27, 2011 3:29 PM & Tagged Winter, animals, hibernation, rei and torpor | permalink | Comments

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