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aestivate

(ĕs′tə-vāt′)
intr.v. esti·vated, esti·vating, esti·vates
Zoology To be in a dormant or torpid state during a hot dry period, such as the summer months.
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Estivating snails bury themselves in fast-drying mudholes and riverbanks, along with eels, frogs and snakes.
62 Desert burrowing amphi-bians such as Couch's toad (Acaphiophus couchii), shown in the photo half-buried in the sand of the Arizona Desert (United States), spend the dry periods between rains estivating.
Some of the samples consisted of estivating snails collected during dry conditions; other samples consisted of active snails collected during wet conditions.
In addition, even when water is available there is asynchronous aquatic activity in some populations, with the majority of individuals at any one time estivating on land (Stone, 2001; Ligon and Stone, 2003).