Gophers and Winters
Name: Shelli G.
I know that gophers do not hibernate in the winter. How
do they survive during the winter months? Do their heart rate and body
temperature go down?
Gophers and moles, with which they are sometimes confused, are well protected in underground burrows
in the winter. Gophers store food in caches, and since most of their food is roots, food may still be
available in winter. I don't have specifics on gopher their physiology but most mammals that do not
hibernate maintain normal heart rate and body temperature in winter. Interestingly, ground
squirrels, which live in burrows but feed mostly above ground, do hibernate.
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