Behavioral Adaptations

By: Carlie Mote

Hibernation

Hibernation is a state of inactivity where body temperatures drops a lot, breathing slows. Happens in cold environments. Lowers metabolism. By hibernating animals saves energy by sleeping for a certain period of time, most the time is 3 to 4 weeks. Often with low body temperatures, the function of hibernation is to conserve energy during a period when sufficient food is unavailable.

Imprinting

Its a form of learning in which an animal at a specific critical time in its life forms a social attachment to another object. Imprinting allows baby animals to understand appropriate behaviors and vocalizations for their species. They also follow around their mother in their early development of life to keep them safe until their old enough to understand how to do things on their own.