A new study suggests that hibernating animals could detect the smell of smoke during their torpor.
Bears pack on fat when preparing to hibernate each winter. To avoid the health risks often associated with human obesity, the bears have specialized gut microbiota that takes in more energy from food in the summer.
Scientists have long beleived that three species of Madagascan lemurs were the only primates that hibernate. But new findings suggest that pygmy slow lorises, a relatively small primate that belongs to the so-called wet nosed classification from Southeast Asia, take long wintertime naps, too.
Plants and animals alter their behaviors based on the seasons. Humans, it turns out, are no different. Here are just a few ways we change with the season.
In recent days, as temperatures increased in Minnesota and Wisconsin, millions of ladybugs crept out from hidden crevices to plague homeowners. Although these tiny insects were once considered cute, their huge swarms are causing more people to view them as mere pests.
Offspring of the garden dormouse are born late in the year, which for these hibernating mammals gives them less time during the pre-winter months to gather food essential for surviving until spring. But according to a new study, the power of the power nap helps these late bloomers overcome these unfavorable odds.
When you think the word "steroid," the first image that likely comes to mind is a muscle-bound meat head flexing in front of a mirror at the gym. But, while the consequential squeaky voice may be pretty on-point, you still will likely be surprised to learn that, in nature, it's squirrels who use "roids" to get buff.