How cottage-country critters hibernate

By Liann BobechkoLiann Bobechko

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Garter snakes

Photo by vhhammer


To escape killer frost, garter snakes slink into rock fissures, forming hibernaculums of 10–15 cold-blooded bods or so. With wound-down metabolisms, the reptiles don’t eat but they can move, loosely coiling together as they dream of baking under a hot summer sun.


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