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When do snakes hibernate?

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Snakes hibernate throughout the winter to conserve body energy. Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles whose body temperature depends on external influences. Hibernation in snakes is also referred to as wintering, dormancy or brumation.

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When do snakes hibernate?
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Hibernation is any long-term reduction in body temperature, metabolism, heart rate and breathing. Hibernation begins in late autumn and ends in early spring. When good wintering locations are sparse, large groups of male and female snakes den together. Snakes do not survive in the frigid areas north of the Arctic Circle or in Antarctica, and on some islands in Ireland and New Zealand, there are no snakes at all. However, in temperate climates, snakes may choose not to hibernate.

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