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Glossary of Terms & Definitions
A state of suspended physical powers and activities. Dormancy, as of a hibernating or estivating animal.
To be stiff; numb; inactive or sluggish.
Great Basin Pocket Mouse
No above-ground activity from November to March or April, presumably a period of torpor. There is evidence that commencement of torpor may be linked to time ...
Activity Patterns: Nocturnally active year-round though capable of entering daily torpor (for up to 10 hr) when stressed for food (Morhardt and Hudson 1966).
Variable periods of torpor in winter (Long 1973). Seasonal Movements/Migration: Non-migratory. Area used during winter smaller than at other seasons.
The Burning Sands
From ten o'clock in the morning until four in the afternoon we existed in a blind torpor. Eyes and brain and pumping heart could not bear it. At
noon we always ...
Little Pocket Mouse
Enters torpor under conditions of food-stress or low temperature (Bartholomew and Cade 1957, Chew and Butterworth 1964). Inactive above ground from fall to ...
Can enter torpor when stressed (food deprivation in winter and negative water balance in summer). May be less active on moonlit nights (Owings and Lockard ...
White-tailed Antelope Squirrel
Body temperature regulation and torpor in the antelope ground squirrel, Ammospermophilus leucurus. J. Mammal. 53:609-611. Miller, A. H., and R. C. Stebbins.