9 Animals that Use Awesome Tricks to Survive the Winter

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In some regions the temperatures get as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50° degrees Celsius) outside. Still, there are animals that do not even get cold feet! How do animals protect themselves from icy temperatures in winter?

Brrrr! Your nose and ears are red, your feet are like blocks of ice and you can hardly move your fingers because of the cold. It’s winter! At this time of year, we have to wrap up warm to deal with the icy cold. But these animals don’t need all that. They have built-in „thermal underwear“, jump into hot springs and even eat anti-freeze!

What temperatures can these animals survive?
Arctic Fox -94 degrees Fahrenheit (-70 degrees Celsius)
Greenland Tiger Moth (caterpillar) -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 degrees Celsius)
Burgundy Snail -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees Celsius)
Japanese Macaque -13 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 degrees Celsius)

Japanese Macaques Japanese Macaques - Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/Shutterstock

9. The Arctic Fox Wears “Thermal Underwear”.

In the Arctic, it can reach -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 degrees Celsius). Not to mention the extreme icy winds. Thankfully, the Arctic fox has its own kind of “thermal underwear”. Its fur isn’t just thick, but is also made up of 70 % super warm undercoat.

It even has thick fur on its paws. This lets the fox walk on the snow without falling in - like snow shoes.

Arctic Fox Arctic Fox - Photo: outdoorsman/Shutterstock

8. Polar Bears Have “Solar Panels”.

What color is a polar bear’s fur? White? Well, it looks white. But it’s not white. But in reality, the hairs are hollow and see-through. The heat of the sun is directed straight down to the skin (which is actually black) and saved there.

Polar Bear Polar Bear - Photo: Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock

7. Ice Water for Icy Duck Feet

Ducks paddle in ponds and lakes day in and day out. In scorching sun, pouring rain or the coldest winter weather. But don’t ducks get frozen feet in cold water? And then the sniffles? Where are their winter boots?

The answer: ducks don’t have any nerves or blood vessels in their feet. So cold water doesn’t really affect them. They don’t feel it and it doesn’t do any damage.

Duck Duck - Photo: Vishnevskiy Vasily/Shutterstock

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