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Document Type

Research

Abstract

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.

Publication Date

1956

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

63

Issue

1

First Page

724

Last Page

728

Copyright

© Copyright 1956 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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