What are some examples of torpor?

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Jul 16, 2015

Many species engage in torpor.


Torpor is a short-term version of hibernation in which the organism lowers body temperature and metabolic rate. Mammals, birds, and some marsupials undergo torpor.

More specific examples include the California pocket mouse, the kangaroo mouse, the white-footed mouse, many species of hummingbirds, big brown bats, Richardson's ground squirrel, and fat-tailed Dunnarts (a marsupial).