What's the difference between hibernation and aestivation?

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Offline Jerryade

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Jeremiah asked the Naked Scientists:

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Please can you tell me the difference between hibernation and aestivation?

What do you think?

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What's the difference between hibernation and aestivation?
« Reply #1 on: 26/07/2008 18:20:31 »
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« Reply #2 on: 26/07/2008 19:08:42 »
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.
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« Reply #3 on: 01/08/2008 12:14:43 »
which do frogs do then...?

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« Reply #4 on: 01/08/2008 17:53:50 »
which do frogs do then...?

Frenchmen don't hibernate or estivate, silly.

Actually, they do a bit of both. THey estivate to avoid really hot summer weather, but also hibernate for a while when it's freezing.
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« Reply #5 on: 01/08/2008 18:20:52 »
Thankyou, that's what I thought.......... Where is your proof that frenchmen don't  hibernate or aestivate though?

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« Reply #6 on: 02/08/2008 16:59:58 »
Thankyou, that's what I thought.......... Where is your proof that frenchmen don't  hibernate or aestivate though?

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« Reply #7 on: 20/10/2008 22:47:14 »
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« Reply #9 on: 21/10/2008 14:50:24 »
When dormice hibernate their heartbeats slow down to 4 beats per minute, curling up in a tight ball.
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« Reply #10 on: 21/10/2008 20:37:06 »
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.