Episode #30

Oh, the weather outside is frightful and that means animals large and small are preparing for harsh conditions winter is going to bring. You’re likely familiar with hibernation, a time when some mammals go into deep rest and slow their bodies during the coldest months of the year. But did you know cold blooded animals are specially adapted to go through the worst of winter weather in a similar way? The process is called brumation and it’s nothing short of amazing. Maryland Zoo Reptile and Amphibian Collection and Conservation Manager Kevin Barrett helps explain the complex process already underway this season for many local reptiles and amphibians. Learn how brumation ensures the survival of many native species and why even many Zoo animals brumate on this edition of Off Exhibit.

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Off Exhibit is a podcast featuring in-depth discussions with animal professionals and wildlife experts from behind-the-scenes at the Maryland Zoo. Subscribe via iTunes, Android, or RSS. New episodes uploaded on Wednesdays.