Although painted turtles don't have much else in common with automobiles, their wintertime coping strategies include antifreeze, too.
If you enjoy gardening, you know how much it can cost to keep your plants alive. You also know how frustrating it is when an unexpected frost destroys them.
Can fish and other aquatic creatures really survive in a state of suspended animation until spring?
Why can’t leaves change colors, stay on their trees, and change back to green again when spring comes?
In this Moment of Science, we discuss fish that do not freeze even in very cold water.
Frogs also aren’t fussy eaters: any live prey will do. Some large species of frogs can gulp up a mouse, bat, or small snake in one mouthful, which is fortunate, because frogs can’t chew. If they have any teeth at all, they’re usually only good for holding onto the prey.
First, it reduces ice formation within the mosquito’s cells, so that water hardens like glass but doesn’t form ice crystals that can then damage the cells.