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Possum Breaks Record With Year-Long Snooze
New Scientist ^ | 10-14-2007

Posted on 10/15/2007 10:22:37 AM PDT by blam

Possum breaks record with year-long snooze

14 October 2007
NewScientist.com news service

A possum has set an enviable record for doing absolutely nothing. After stuffing itself full of food in a laboratory, one curled up and hibernated for a record 367 days.

Some mammals, such as ground squirrels, hibernate for up to six months through winter, while a western jumping mouse (Zapus princeps) once hibernated for 320 days in a lab. That record has now been smashed by an Australian eastern pygmy possum (Cercartetus nanus) in Fritz Geiser's lab at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales (Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-007-0274-7).

It used just one-fourtieth of the energy it does while awake, which probably allows the possum to survive lean times in Australia's unpredictable climate, says Geiser.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: possum; records; snooze; yearlong
Some normal daily sleep times:

* Humans = 8.0
* Cats = 16 hours
* Elephants = 3.0 hours
* possums = 18.0 hours
* Dogs = 10.0 hours
* Horses = Horses typically spend anywhere from four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and anywhere from minutes to several hours lying down. Only part of that is actual sleep time, taken in brief naps that last a few minutes each. The daily total sleep time for an adult horse may range from a few minutes to a couple of hours. Foals and young horses, like other youngsters, sleep more, more deeply, and more often than adults.

1 posted on 10/15/2007 10:22:41 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I bet I could beat it.


2 posted on 10/15/2007 10:23:53 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: blam

It’s in a coma.


3 posted on 10/15/2007 10:24:26 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: blam

“A possum has set an enviable record for doing absolutely nothing”

The possum has nothing on Congressional Democrats.


4 posted on 10/15/2007 10:25:55 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Hoodlum91

Any American teenager could top that!...............


5 posted on 10/15/2007 10:25:57 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: blam

“After stuffing itself full of food in a laboratory, one curled up and hibernated for a record 367 days.”

This years Thanksgiving goal!


6 posted on 10/15/2007 10:26:07 AM PDT by dakine
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To: blam
At the other end of the spectrum:


7 posted on 10/15/2007 10:27:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Fstrt5

Maybe he was just playing possum.


9 posted on 10/15/2007 10:57:09 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: blam
“A possum has set an enviable record for doing absolutely nothing”

If your species is only ubiquitous as roadkill, it might be a pretty good idea.
10 posted on 10/15/2007 11:03:28 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Slapshot68
The possum has nothing on Congressional Democrats.

The word possum is the new euphemism for politicians in general, not just democrats.

11 posted on 10/15/2007 11:08:55 AM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: blam
Dogs sleep 10-14 hours per day. Our Chihuahua, who is a very good dog and not yippy at all, is at the upper limit of that range.
12 posted on 10/15/2007 11:50:55 AM PDT by DallasMike
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To: blam

My daughters loser boyfriend could top that....


13 posted on 10/15/2007 11:57:29 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas , Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: DallasMike

Mine is closer to 14 also and he is a little guy, 9 1/2 lbs. He’s a 3/4 Maltese/Yorkie mix. I’ve never seen a dog who sleeps so much.


14 posted on 10/15/2007 12:00:00 PM PDT by MomwithHope
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To: blam
After stuffing itself full of food in a laboratory, one curled up and hibernated for a record 367 days.

That must have made for exciting lab notes.
Day 273: subject possum observed sleeping
Day 274: subject possum observed sleeping
Day 275: subject possum observed sleeping
Day 276: subject possum observed sleeping
Day 277: subject possum observed sleeping
Day 278: Poke possum with stick to see if alive. Possum twitched; rolled over.
Day 279: subject possum observed sleeping
Day 280: subject possum observed sleeping

15 posted on 10/15/2007 12:08:31 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: 6SJ7; blam

“Hey doc, where are we gonna rig these moitor leads on this possum?”
Possum passes out upon hearing answer.


17 posted on 10/15/2007 12:27:32 PM PDT by Darksheare (If you set something free, and it returns, it must really like being captive.)
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To: Darksheare
When the possum wakes up, it can be the main even at the annual Possum Drop.
18 posted on 10/15/2007 1:23:53 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: 6SJ7

Doubt he’d even wake up for that.


19 posted on 10/15/2007 1:36:17 PM PDT by Darksheare (If you set something free, and it returns, it must really like being captive.)
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To: blam

He’s pining for the fjords.


20 posted on 10/15/2007 1:38:40 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: blam

It’s dead, Jim.


21 posted on 10/15/2007 1:44:50 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (When the rapture comes, can I have your stuff?)
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To: Slapshot68

If only. Possums do nothing. Congressional Democrats do nothing good.


22 posted on 10/15/2007 1:59:14 PM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: blam
Now if only we could get our politicians to hibernate as long as this possum.......
23 posted on 10/15/2007 4:41:20 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Liberals work to make people victims in order to enslave them.)
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