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First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

… typically weighing about 1 pound. The nocturnal creature lives in trees and, unlike other primates, it can’t leap. Its diet includes tree gum, insects, and fruit. The scientists studied the animal’s body temperature in the fall, winter and spring in Vietnam. They found that the creature engaged in episodes of hibernation between December and February that lasted up to 63 hours each. The researchers suspect both an internal clock mechanism that kicks in during seasons of food scarcity …

How potentially life-saving plants are facing extinction | Nature | News | Daily Express

By Stuart winter | June 23, 2015 PRECIOUS wild flowers that could hold the key to curing countless dread diseases are facing extinction. The elusive plants with untold medicinal properties have been placed on the same Red List as tigers, giant pandas and rhinos as they vanish from the planet at alarming rates. A shock report published today reveals the catastrophic decline of many herbs because they are being over-exploited or lost because their remote outposts are being destroyed. Forty-four …

India home to 48 species of bumblebees – The Hindu

… ornamental and medicinal plants high in the Himalayas,” Mr. Saini told The Hindu over telephone from Punjab. Social insects Like the honeybees, bumblebees are social insects and live in colonies — the size of which depends on the species. “The founder of the colony is the queen that hibernates throughout winter. In spring, she finds a site for new nest. Having mated the previous autumn, she then lays her eggs which will result in the first batch of workers,” Mr. Saini said, explaining …

Watch your step: Snakes and other venomous critters begin to emerge in Mojave Desert – Havasu News: News

… scorpions, spiders, and lizards are going to become increasingly active. It is this time of year, Mocarski explained, when snakes become quite visible as they spend a good deal of time out during these warm spring days. “During the heat of summer, most rattlesnakes are more active during the evening and will seek shelter during the hottest hours of the day,” he said. “However, many of these creatures are more visible during milder temperatures of daylight in late winter and early …

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