Creature Feature

Creature Feature – Wood Frogs in Winter

Posted by  //  October 4, 2019  //  Articles, Creature Feature

The little wood frog burrows down beneath leaf litter on the forest floor as the cold weather arrives. There, it enters a state of “suspended animation” to endure the cold winter ahead.  Its heart will stop beating, respiration ceases and the kidneys shut down. It literally freezes from the outside in; but because its body produces a glucose-based antifreeze, its organs remain protected, and its cells won’t dry out.  In the spring, the wood frog thaws out and awakens. Incredible nature!

Article & photo by Margie Manthey

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