Energy availability influences microclimate selection of hibernating bats.

  title={Energy availability influences microclimate selection of hibernating bats.},
  author={Justin G. Boyles and Miranda B. Dunbar and Jonathan J. Storm and Virgil Brack},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={210 Pt 24},
Many species hibernate to conserve energy during periods of low food and water availability. It has long been assumed that the optimal hibernation strategy involves long, deep bouts of torpor that minimize energy expenditure. However, hibernation has ecological (e.g. decreased predator avoidance) and physiological (e.g. sleep deprivation) costs that must be balanced with energy savings; therefore, individuals possessing sufficient energy reserves may reduce their use of deep torpor. We tested… CONTINUE READING
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