like to have fun in the winter cold.
like to sleep the winter away.
is called HIBERNATION.
who are the winter sleepers?
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The squirrel stores up food for the winter, makes itself a cosy
bed in an old tree-trunk, and goes off to sleep.
days in winter, it wakes up, runs out to its store of nuts, has
a good meal, and then returns to its bed for another long sleep.
As soon as winter comes, the hedgehog makes a cosy little nest
among a pile of dead leaves and curls up inside it. It then goes
into a very deep and is difficult to waken during the cold season.
At the first sign of winter, the tortoise finds a warm place and
puts itself to sleep, not for the night, but for the whole winter.
Each year it passes the cold months hiding and sleeping in some
The badger passes a good deal of the winter asleep in his underground
home, but now and again it has to go out and get food. After it
has fed, it returns to his sett or lair and sleeps for weeks.
The Polar Bear
cold and frozen places near the North Pole only the mother polar
bear may be said to go for a long winter sleep. The polar bear
hides away under the snow but keeps open a little passage through
which she can get air.
Perhaps the soundest of all winter sleepers is the bat. At the
end of autumn it may be seen hanging upside down from the rafters
of an old building. It stays quite still in this position until
the cold weather has passed.
The Frog and the Toad.
Frogs and toads sleep very soundly through even the coldest winter.
Near the end of autumn they dive down to the bottom of the pond
and bury themselves in the mud. Here they are safe and snug during
the cold, foodless days of winter.
The Snail, the Slug and the Worm.
Snails, slugs and worms are all sound winter sleepers. A snail
not only sleeps in a hole in the ground but protects itself from
the cold by making a thick cover to close the mouth of the shell.
The slug makes a tiny nest in the earth and the worm always makes
its tiny winter home deep enough to escape the frost.
The Snake and the Lizard.
Snakes and lizards hate cold weather. They hide away in some safe
sheltered place, coil themselves and go to sleep during the months
Trees, Plants and Flowers.
Most trees, plants and flowers may be said to sleep during winter.
The weather is so cold and there is so little sunshine that they
don't get a chance to grow.
the spring buds appear and everything comes to life again.