Possum sets 367 days hibernation recordNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:16 am ICT by admin
It used just one-fortieth of the energy it normally spends while awake, said Geiser.
Geiser said this probably allowed the possum to survive lean times in Australia’s unpredictable climate.
Some mammals, such as ground squirrels, hibernate for up to six months through winter, while a western jumping mouse (Zapus princeps) once reportedly hibernated for 320 days in a lab.
The study appears in the journal Naturwissenschaften, reports New Scientist magazine. (ANI)
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