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Estivation

animals

Estivation, dormant state entered into by some animals in hot, dry climates, to conserve moisture during the summer. The slowing of body processes permits survival. Animals that estivate include many reptiles, amphibians, insects, snails, and fish.

See also: Hibernation.

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