Frogs are amazing animals. Despite their fragile appearance and inoffensive ways, they have countless strategies to deal with the most severe climates this planet has to offer. They can be found at the Arctic Circle, in deserts, in tropical rain forests and practically everywhere in between. Some of their survival strategies are nothing short of ingenious. Various frog species use two strategies to deal with environmental extremes: hibernation and estivation.
How do frogs survive winter?
During the winter, they go into a state of hibernation, and some frogs can be exposed to temperatures below freezing. Frogs and toads that spend most of their time out of the water and on land can usually burrow down below the frost line in burrows or cavities that are their hibernating space for the winter.
Do frogs freeze in the winter?
Although its organs are protected, ice does form in the frog’s body cavity around its organs and between its muscle cells. Up to 65 percent of a frog’s total body water will freeze in the winter. Schmid (1982) found that the frogs can be cooled down to 19°F for weeks and survive.
What do common frogs do in the winter?
Common Frogs spend the winter sheltering under rocks, in compost heaps or at the bottom of ponds. They don’t hibernate as such, and may take advantage of milder patches of weather to come out and forage.
Do frogs eat during winter?
In the wild, many frogs will abstain from eating while hibernating. However, amphibians in general often come out of hibernation during periods of mild weather, and they typically forage during these periods.
During the long, cold winter months, have you ever wondered how a cold-blooded creature, such as a frog, can survive? Fortunately, they have developed special behaviors and physical processes to survive the long, cold, and snowy winter.
The term winter kill occurs when a frog is tempted out of its hibernating spot by an early warm stretch followed by a quick drop in temperatures below freezing.
Continuing our curiosity about how wildlife deals with the cold temperatures of winter, have you ever wondered what frogs and toads do during the winter?
As the cold winter months approach, have you ever wondered how a cold-blooded critter like a frog can survive? Fortunately, they have evolved special behaviors and physical processes to survive winter. Aquatic frogs such as the Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus) and the American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) typically hibernate underwater.