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Ultimate Quick Guide to How Animals Survive Winter

For life that must survive low temperatures and harsh weather in the Northern Hemisphere, there are three major routes to success. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages; a balance must be found between calorie intake and calorie expenditure. All groups of living things seem to use a good mix of each survival tactic, bringing their own special adaptations to the table. Read on for a quick look at how the Northern Hemisphere survives winter!

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A Healthy Fear of Snakes… But Why?

MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, describes phobias as a type of anxiety disorder. People with phobias experience intense distress and fear about something that typically poses little or no threat. This excessive fear is often described as irrational because the thing being feared is unlikely to actually hurt anyone on its own. What I mean is that being afraid of a closed-in space is irrational because the closed-in space can’t actually hurt you. (Unless, of course, you’re a super secret spy and you get trapped in a room where the walls literally start closing in on you. But it’s highly unlikely.)

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