How cottage-country critters hibernate

By Liann BobechkoLiann Bobechko

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Bullfrogs and painted turtles


Both hibernators, the painted turtle and bullfrog are conked out on their lakebed, lightly covered in muck, appendages mostly tucked in. The current brings oxygen, which the frog ”breathes” in through permeable skin and the turtle via its mouth and cloaca (anus) that are richly lined with blood vessels to allow the gas exchange.


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