Do you want to learn about animals that hibernate? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will discuss what hibernation is, how it helps animals survive the winter and some of the different animals that practice this behavior.
We also have a fun Winter Naps Animals That Hibernate Color By numbers activity. This free set of printables is perfect for a kindergarten or first-grade science lesson on animals in winter.
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What is Hibernation?
Hibernation is a state of inactivity that animals enter to survive the cold winter months. During hibernation, an animal’s heart rate and body temperature drop significantly, and they may even stop breathing for long periods of time. This allows them to conserve their energy and survive on very little food.
How Does Hibernation Help Animals Survive?
Hibernation helps animals survive the winter in two main ways. First, it allows them to avoid the cold weather.
By staying in a warm, safe place during the winter, animals can avoid exposure to the cold, which can be deadly.
Second, hibernation helps animals conserve their energy. Since they are not moving around or eating, they do not need as much food to survive.
This is important because food can be scarce in the winter.
What Animals Hibernate?
Many different animals hibernate, including bears, bats, groundhogs, skunks, and even some types of fish.
Bears are perhaps the most famous hibernators. They typically begin preparing for hibernation in the fall, when they eat a lot of food to put on extra weight.
They then build themselves a cozy den to sleep in during the winter. When it’s time to hibernate, they curl up in a ball and go to sleep.
Bats are another well-known hibernator. Like bears, they prepare for hibernation by eating a lot of food in the fall.
They then find a safe place to sleep, such as a cave or hollow tree. When winter comes, they hang upside down and go to sleep.
Groundhogs are another popular hibernator. These furry rodents prepare for winter by digging a burrow, or underground tunnel.
They line the burrow with leaves and grass to keep themselves warm. When winter comes, they curl up in their burrow and go to sleep.
Skunks are another animal that hibernates. These striped creatures prepare for winter by eating a lot of food and storing it in their bodies. They then find a warm place to sleep, such as a hollow tree or underground den.
When winter comes, they curl up and go to sleep.
Enjoy These Free Preschool Color By Number Sheets
Enjoy these free color by number sheets and color in animals that hibernate during the winter months. These are perfect for a kindergarten or first-grade science lesson on animals in winter. Enjoy!
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