The massasauga will bask near the
hibernaculum until daily temperatures become
too cold to warrant continued exposure, usually late October to early
that time, the snake will settle within the hibernaculum until
consistently warm days
occur again in April. Though the snake is cold, it can move further down
into the den
as the winter frost sinks lower into the ground.
Deep snow over the hibernaculum provides
additional protection from the frost.
Although some species of snakes hibernate communally (two or more snakes
hibernaculum), massasaugas usually prefer a solitary hibernation.
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