Winter is here (for part of the world, at least). There”s no doubt about that. But no matter what the groundhogs say, spring will be here fairly soon. When it is, I hope the transition feels like what the Alaskan Wood Frog goes through every year.
See, during the winter these amphibians become frogsicles, completely frozen and basically dead. But once spring comes along, the frost melts and they go right back”a”hopping like nothing happened.
For a period of time (sometimes weeks at a time) 60% of the Alaskan wood frog”s body is completely frozen. Even its heart stops beating.
Alaskan winters are very cold, but the frogs can stay alive through negative temperatures, sometimes thawing and unthawing 10 to 15 times in one winter.
They are able to preserve themselves in such a way because of the high amount of cryoprotectants in their skin. This means that the freezing temperature of the frog”s cells is very low.
Amazingly, medical researchers have found a way to replicate the frog”s ability. Transplant organs could be preserved for a much longer time by being frozen (without damaging the tissue).
(via Oddity Central)
If I could stay in a frozen, paralyzed state for the entirety of winter and only wake up when the snow goes away, I”d be alright with that.