When do snakes hibernate?

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Snakes hibernate throughout the winter to conserve body energy. Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles whose body temperature depends on external influences. Hibernation in snakes is also referred to as wintering, dormancy or brumation.

Hibernation is any long-term reduction in body temperature, metabolism, heart rate and breathing. Hibernation begins in late autumn and ends in early spring. When good wintering locations are sparse, large groups of male and female snakes den together. Snakes do not survive in the frigid areas north of the Arctic Circle or in Antarctica, and on some islands in Ireland and New Zealand, there are no snakes at all. However, in temperate climates, snakes may choose not to hibernate.

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"they hibernate in the summer because they can't take the heat" - very incorrect, the opposite is true! Most snakes. don't. hibernate, it's only the ones that live outside
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Rattlesnakes emerge from hibernation in March or April, or when the average
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possibly two reasons- at time of winters at times when they find no food but still i don't think all snakes hibernate
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When Do Snakes Hibernate?
Not all snakes hibernate, but most snakes that hibernate do so during the cold months of fall and winter. Learn how a snake prepares for hibernation by eating and recognizing temperature or daylight changes in this free video on snakes from a reptile... More »
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