Helping critters in winter

Much of the wildlife in your garden will hibernate over the winter as an innate defense against food scarcity and harsh weather. Reptiles, amphibians, insects and even some mammals, like groundhogs, will hunker down for a long winter's nap when the days get shorter and temperatures drop. Frogs, toads, snakes and salamanders might seek shelter at the bottom of a pond, underground or even under stones or logs, while many insects overwinter as eggs or larvae. Others, however, struggle to stay alive. Here's how you can help them make it to spring. --JESSICA DAMIANO, jessica.damiano@newsday.com

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