Ingenious Strategies: How Do Animals Keep Themselves Warm in Winter?

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  • 21 February 2017

With temperatures getting lower and lower in Britain this winter, it’s hard to imagine how some animals can survive these temperatures, let alone some of the minus figures they might have to endure in the colder parts of the world. Whether they dwell in Alaska, or somewhere that can get even colder such as Antarctica, different animals have evolved to have their own unique ways of keeping themselves warm during the winter months.

As well as animals such as the emperor penguins having to endure constantly low temperatures, there are also animals such as the fat-tailed dwarf lemurs, native to Madagascar, who have to survive the change in temperature. And while some of these creatures may eat more in the summer so that they can hibernate in the winter, others have more unusual warming strategies. The Alaskan wood frog, for example, can freeze its body so that they are essentially dead until spring comes. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about how these amazing creatures manage to stay warm.

How animals keep themselves warm