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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Hibernating. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Hibernating so important!

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  1. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death and consume the human equivalent of 140,000 calories per day to compensate. They enter an mini-hibernation mode (torpor) each night just to survive the suspension of calories.

  2. Bears eat things that don't digest to plug their rectum during hibernation. The result is a very painful BM in the springtime.

  3. There was a Japanese man who survived 24 days of cold weather by inadvertently falling into a state of hibernation. When he was found, his temperature had dropped to 71°F.

  4. Peter Skyllberg who was trapped for two months in his car after it became bogged down in snow drifts near the town of Umea in Sweden. He survived on just snow and snacks and went into a state of hibernation. This slowed his metabolism and left him emaciated, barely able to speak or move.

  5. A pregnant American black bear can give birth without ever emerging from hibernation. She doesn’t even need to rouse herself to care for her young, instead she can nurse her cubs for months by drawing from her reserves of stored fat.

  6. The US created a bomb containing hibernating bats with a timed incendiary device. Launched at dawn the bats would inhabit nearby attics up to a 40 mile radius setting fire to enemy territory. They named it the Bat Bomb.

  7. Domestic hamsters hibernate In winter and people often mistake them as being dead.

  8. Besides winter hibernation, there are also species of animals that go into a state of dormancy during the dry and hot summer months. This is called aestivation.

  9. The U.S. developed a Bat Bomb containing thousands of hibernating bats, each carrying their own timed incendiary device. It was never deployed in war, but during testing the bats got loose and burned down an Air Force base.

  10. Hibernating bears don't eat or drink, and thus don't poop or pee, but they develop a fecal plug in their intestines that can grow to 7 to 15 inches long and 1 to 2.5 inches in diameter. They defecate when they emerge from hibernation. "Fecal plugs have a light odor that is not unpleasant."

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Bears don’t poop while hibernating. Instead, their body creates a “fecal plug” which can be 7-15 inches long and 1-2.5 inches in diameter.

Many turtles and tortoises are kept in refrigerators to artificially hibernate over the winter.

During WW2 a "Bat Bomb" was created. As the bomb descended the bats would warm up and awaken from hibernation. At 1,000 ft. altitude, the bomb would open and 1000+ bats, each carrying a tiny time-delayed napalm incendiary device would emerge.

Coastal Alaska (where most people live) is warmer than during the winter than Chicago or other parts of the US Midwest. The average winter temperature in Anchorage is 26°F, compared to 10°F in Minneapolis. Some areas are so warm that bears don't hibernate; they instead eat all winter.

Wood Frogs don't hibernate in the winter like other animals, rather they cryogenically freeze their bodies, stopping all their organs INCLUDING their heart, and stay this way for months before thawing themselves out when the weather gets warmer in the spring.

Snapping turtles hibernate underwater and can go for over 6 months without breathing. Their nervous system shuts down and their shells help neutralize toxins that build up in their bodies from anaerobic glycolysis.

Bears do not truly hibernate in the winter. While true hibernators awaken to eat, drink, urinate and defecate, bears sleep all throughout, not awakening to eat, drink, urinate, defecate or even to give birth.

Turtles can breathe through their butts. It’s called cloacal respiration and it happens during winter hibernation in near frozen lakes.

In the late 19th century, many Russian peasants in the Pskov region 'hibernated' for much of the winter, waking only once a day for some dry bread.

Male garter snakes that need extra warmth after hibernating will mimic females in order to trick other males into trying to mate with them so they can cuddle and steal their body heat.

Slow worm hides under the piles of rock, in the hedgerows or dry stone walls from October to February/March. Winter period of dormancy, called brumation (similar to hibernation of warm-blooded creatures) ensures survival during the coldest period of the year when food sources are scarce.

During hibernation, some fire-bellied toads hide themselves in the water (bottom of the rivers) or under the rotten trees and leaves.

Rattlesnakes hibernate for the winter in large communal dens. Sometimes, dens can contain over a thousand snakes.

Mating season of stink bugs starts in spring, usually in May, when they emerge from hibernation.

Before people understood where some migrating birds went away to during the winter, it was sometimes theorized that they would hibernate at the bottom of lakes, or simply fly to the moon.

Grass snake hibernates during cold winter months (from October to March-April). It hides under the piles of rock or leaves, where it can survive without freezing.

Prairie dogs hibernate during the winter. They will survive by using the energy from fat tissue that was collected during the year. Some species of prairie dogs can wake up to eat during hot winter days.

Prairie skink hibernates 7 months per year (from September to April) in the underground burrows. It obtains all the energy it needs from the fat reserves stored in the body.

Earwigs hibernate during the winter inside 6 to 7 feet deep burrows in the ground.

Mountain yellow-legged frog hibernates during the winter.

Ladybugs are active from spring to autumn. They hibernate during the winter, usually hidden under the piles of leaves or rocks. They occasionally hibernate inside people's houses.

Clicks beetles (both larvae and adults) hibernate during the winter.

Glass lizard hibernates during the winter hidden inside the underground burrow.

When the arctic ground squirrel hibernates, its body temperature drops below fresh water freezing point around −3 °C; the lowest recorded for any living mammal.

Badger does not hibernate, but it may spend few days or weeks inside a sett during the winter.