Æstivation

Another thing to add to my list entitled Why Haven’t I Ever heard of This Before? Æstivation. The word sounds exotic, but the concept is, if you ask me, brilliant.

Æstivation is kind of like hibernation, only in the hot months, rather than in the winter. According to Wikipedia, many snails do it, as do some insects, tortoises, crocodiles, salamanders, toads and frogs, lung fish, the Australian crab, the African hedgehog, and the Malagasy fat-tailed dwarf lemur. They do this to retain water and conserve their energy.

Man, oh, man, do I wish I were a Malagasy fat-tailed dwarf lemur! I’d love to just be able to sleep through the oppressive heat. The best I seem to be able to manage is a daily torpor. I can’t be bothered. I find it all but impossible to move through air that feels as thick as chocolate pudding. The most I can do is push the seat back in my recliner and do an excellent imitation of someone who has fallen from a great height.

Just another little item for your next trivia contest.

Stay cool, everyone.

Giant Bullfrog in Æstivation

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2 thoughts on “Æstivation

  1. I feel ya! I recently bought a hammock that I’ve been hanging out in a semi-shady corner of my yard. It’s a nylon ‘sleeping’ hammock, so no spreader bars. I was amazed the first time I used it – any tiny breeze blows right through and is wonderfully cooling, no fan required 🙂

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