Can you tell me the difference between hibernation and aestivation?
We put this question to Harriet McWatters:
They’re very much the same thing. They’re periods of dormancy to avoid inclement conditions. Hibernation is usually when an animal is trying to avoid winter. Aestivation is in hot countries where it’s trying to avoid summer. It’s avoiding the worst times of year.
Jeremiah asked the Naked Scientists: Hi, Please can you tell me the difference between hibernation and aestivation? What do you think? Jerryade, Thu, 12th Jun 2008
They are the same thing (more or less) except that hibernation occurs in cold weather, estivation in hot, dry weather. Animals estivate to lessen the risk of death by heatstroke or dehydration. DoctorBeaver, Sat, 26th Jul 2008
which do frogs do then...? opus, Fri, 1st Aug 2008
Thankyou, that's what I thought.......... Where is your proof that frenchmen don't hibernate or aestivate though? opus, Fri, 1st Aug 2008
tres funny doc! opus, Mon, 20th Oct 2008
When dormice hibernate their heartbeats slow down to 4 beats per minute, curling up in a tight ball. rosalind dna, Tue, 21st Oct 2008
When some frogs hibernate/ oestivate (the jury's still out on this one) they secrete a thin slimey bag around the body, which they eat on waking- grotesque to watch but fascinating! Apparently it provides essential nutrients to the waking frog. I prefer cornflakes myself. opus, Tue, 21st Oct 2008