The Sleeping BeautiesWhen we think of hibernating animals, most of us immediately call to mind the image of bears snoring soundly in caves far away from where we live. Though this animal is the most well-known winter sleeper, it isn’t the only one. There are several animals closer to home that spends most of the cold months in slumber, or at least inside a cozy, warm home, such as:
- Raccoons: The masked bandit enters into a deep sleep similar to hibernation. It does wake up on occasion to forage for additional calories to keep its body sufficiently padded with fat.
- Skunks: These stinky creatures sleep a lot in the winter. They stir during the latter part of the winter to mate, with males leaving their dens in search of willing females.
- Squirrels: The grey and red squirrels can be seen throughout the winter months, but they do slow down in the cold season and only come out when temperatures are tolerable.
- Mice: This common house mouse doesn’t let the cold temperatures stop it from living its best life! Instead, it tends to move indoors into human domiciles.