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Most snakes don't hibernate, it's only the ones that live outside of the tropics, and that is because of several reasons the most important of which are:

a) food - their prey may be more or less abundant are certain times of the year and

b) outside temperature - because snakes are ectothermic, the majority of their body heat is controlled by the outside temperature. In the tropics, snakes (and indeed, other "cold-blooded" organisms) don't need to hibernate, because they have a perfectly comfortable stable temperature all year. But in Europe/North America for example, these cold-blooded organisms will find it very hard to catch prey in cold seasons (so, winter) because they have very little energy to move and digest with!

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Snake hibernate during the winters. Hibernation in case of snakes is known as winter sleep in which physical activities are almost nullified and the normal activities to sustain life forms are existent during this period. Certain species also go on "Aestivation" also known as summer sleep.

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They hibernate in burrows.

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