Bat species first found hibernating at constant warm temperatures

March 10, 2015 5:52 PM

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But researchers from Tel Aviv University recently found two species of the mouse-tailed bat hibernating in caves in Israel's Great Rift Valley. The bats' sleeping quarters featured a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. It's the first time a mammal has been found hibernating in consistently warm temperatures.

The bats -- Rhinopoma microphyllum and R. Cystops -- were observed hibernating from October to February. During their time asleep in the caves, researchers found the hibernating species only breathed once every 15 to 30 minutes.

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