Where Are The Turtles and Frogs?
Every winter, ponds across the world freeze over. The water molecules condense and slow down their movement and eventually become hard enough to walk on (if the thickness is right!) But what happens to all the turtles, frogs and other aquatic life down below the surface?
Most would assume that they hibernate, and you are correct! They slow their breathing, slow their heart rate, and use less oxygen and nutrients, allowing them to sleep through the toughest months of the year. But are they not below the surface in that freezing water? How do they survive that!?
They bury themselves in the mud! Usually, unless the pond is very shallow and the winter is exceptionally cold, only the top few inches of a pond will freeze. And even when it is exceptionally cold, it is very rare that the body of water will freeze all the way through. Meaning that that extra bit of warmth that is held in by the mud is just enough to allow these aquatic creatures survive another year, to merrily swim along eating bugs, algae, and whatever else their system requires!