Frogs and Summer Hibernation
Some of my 4th grade students want to know if frogs ever
hibernate in the summer? I suspect the students have observed frogs
burying themselves in summer in order to cool-off or keep moist.
Frog activity is based upon the temperature of their surroundings. Frogs
are heterothermic; this means their body is the temperature of the
environment for which they live. If the temperature is warm as it is in
the summer, frogs will not hybernate, but may bury themselves for
protection or to rest. They can breathe threw their skin, so periods of
time in the mud is not an issue.
During the fall when a certain low temperature is reached, this triggers
the behavior for the frog to bury itself and begin hibernation. The
warming of the mud in the spring activates the ending of hibernation.
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Update: June 2012