Amphibians: Allow temperate amphibians to hibernate
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Hibernation is a natural process for some amphibians from colder regions, in which they burrow underground or at the bottom of ponds. They dramatically slow down their metabolic processes to conserve their energy over winter to mate in spring. Breeding is also seasonal and can be triggered by longer periods of sunlight, changing temperatures or increased/decreased rainfall. It may be possible to trigger breeding by simulating these cues within an enclosure.