Do animals in hot countries hibernate?


Hibernation is a winter activity for animals that live in cool countries to escape the weather, but in hot countries animals do the opposite

It’s called aestivation, and animals do it to avoid the hottest times of year

pygmy hedgehog, do animals hibernate in warm countries
Small African mammals, like the pygmy hedgehog, sleep through hot summers to wake up when it’s cooler


Like in hibernation, some tropical animals enter a state of dormancy and lower their metabolic rate. It is triggered by spikes in temperature or low availability of water, and is mostly seen in desert tortoises, crocodiles and tropical hedgehogs.


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