Mammalian hibernation is characterized by a reduction in metabolic activities and an increase in scrum magnesium (1). Although these similarities exist, there are also striking differences in the patterns of hibernation among mammalian types. This study describes three types of hibernation as observed in the golden hamster, the thirteen lined ground squirrel, and the bat. The major differences recorded in these three types of hibernators were concerned with the preparation for hibernation, the survival during hibernation, and the duration of domancy in deep hibernation. Overall results suggest that hibernation is harmful to the hamster after relatively long periods of cold exposure.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1956 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Farrand, Richard L.; Folk, G. Edgar Jr.; and Riedesel, Marvin L.
"Types of Mammalian Hibernation,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 63:
, Article 84.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol63/iss1/84