How Do Animals React to Weather Changes?

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Animals try to avoid turbulent weather changes out of an instinct for survival. Many animals try to escape the cold to remain warm. Other animals change their diets when the weather changes. For instance, the red fox eats fruits and insects during warmer seasons, but preys on rodents during the winter when those items are not in abundance.

Animals respond to infrasonic sounds that humans cannot hear. These sounds allow animals to hear oncoming thunderstorms and hurricanes. It is believed that dips in water and air pressure caused by hurricanes and thunderstorms are reasons why animals flee during tsunamis. Birds and bees seek shelter under their nests if the air pressure is below normal, and birds rely on air pressure to know when migration is safe.

Birds fly to warmer places in the fall season when the weather gets cold. Animals such as weasels and snowshoe rabbits adapt by growing thick fur to keep warm. Beaver, squirrels and mice gather more food during the fall. Other animals hibernate during the winter, and cold-blooded animals such as snakes go into a dormant phase when cold weather arrives. Turtles, frogs and fish hide under rocks and logs at the bottom of lakes and ponds for protection. Fish migrate to warmer waters during colder periods. Worms and insects dig deeper into the soil to escape harsh weather.