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Aestivation


Snails aestivating at the top of fence posts in Kadina, South Australia
Snails aestivating at the top of fence
posts in Kadina, South Australia


Aestivation is from the Latin aestas which means summer, and it is also known as summer sleep. It is a period of dormancy, similar to hibernation, that takes place in hot and dry weather.


Aestivation is common in animals that live in the subtropics where there is a long dry season each year. Animals are known to enter this state in order to avoid damage from high temperatures and the risk of drying out.


Associated terms: Estivation, Estivate, Aestivate, Aestivating, Estivating


Also see:
Hibernation
Torpor

 


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