Slumberville or Hungerville? Animals in Winter

Do your kids wonder how animals survive harsh old man winter? Take the quiz and find out how much you know.

Quiz

Do your kids wonder how animals survive harsh old man winter? Take the quiz and find out how much you know.

1. How do deer survive the winter?

  • They hibernate.
  • They become less active and eat less.
  • They burrow together.

2. What bug's winter hideaway accidentally makes him a tasty treat for someone else?

  • The acorn weevil.
  • The honeybee.
  • The cockroach.

3. People prepare for the winter season by getting their warm clothes out of the attic or by moving to Florida. Animals prepare in their own ways, including storing food, or changing the way they look. Can you guess which of these facts is true?

  • At the South Pole, the polar bear sheds so it has a nice, new fur coat for the season.
  • The grouse grows warts on the sides of its toes. Like snow shoes, these toes help this bird walk on top of the snow without sinking in.
  • The North American long-tailed weasel's coat changes in color from white to dark brown. This helps the weasel blend in with its surroundings while it hibernates.

4. For gophers, winter hibernation means a lot more than taking a long nap. What happens to a gopher's body during the winter to help it survive?

  • It grows nearly twice as much fur to keep it warm.
  • Its heart rate and body temperature go way down.
  • Its fur turns white so it blends in with its snowy surroundings.

5. What do frogs do when the weather gets chilly?

  • Dive to the bottom of the pond and wait it out.
  • Dig a cozy hole and take a long winter's nap.
  • Freeze solid and hope that spring comes in a hurry.
  • All of the above.

Your Results:

1. How do deer survive the winter?
They become less active and eat less.

2. What bug's winter hideaway accidentally makes him a tasty treat for someone else?
The acorn weevil.

3. People prepare for the winter season by getting their warm clothes out of the attic or by moving to Florida. Animals prepare in their own ways, including storing food, or changing the way they look. Can you guess which of these facts is true?
The grouse grows warts on the sides of its toes. Like snow shoes, these toes help this bird walk on top of the snow without sinking in.

4. For gophers, winter hibernation means a lot more than taking a long nap. What happens to a gopher's body during the winter to help it survive?
Its heart rate and body temperature go way down.

5. What do frogs do when the weather gets chilly?
All of the above.

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