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Why do many animals snore? Making such loud noises while sleeping is surely an advertisement for any nocturnal predator that unconscious prey are nearby and relatively vulnerable. Geoff Moore

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If my wife has anything to say, it’s to imitate the sound of a giant dinosaur sleeping very close, thus scaring off any predators. Tintenfiche

If snoring and farting significantly endangered the animals in question, then natural selection would have eliminated those respiratory and digestive characteristics. The fact that snoring and farting are prevalent in many species informs you that they do not significantly endanger the creatures. JPL_Sussex

I guess he sends a sound signal to the other animals: “I’m sleeping now, if danger arises, wake me up.” RECEIVE3

The animals that we notice snoring are often pets or domestic animals, whose breeding is not really oriented to escape predators. Based on evidence from wildlife documentaries and zoos, other snorers are like bears and lions, which are the predators others need to stay away from, or perhaps some who are deep sleepers and safe in burrows.

Snoring is a part of the upper airways, like the tongue and throat, that vibrates when relaxed during sleep. Being overweight or sleeping in certain positions can make it noisier, traits that are only likely to occur to those not in immediate danger of being attacked by predators. Advertising where and how they sleep is a luxury reserved for animals that need not worry. lead balloon

Our garden in North Nottinghamshire seems to have hibernating hedgehogs every year. Towards the end of winter they usually snore very loudly, which I would have thought would be a problem for a hibernating snack. bufospinosus

I think that was originally a problem until the urban foxes discovered that while it might look like a hibernating snack, it’s actually kind of like an angry ball of nails. Our cats (none of whom were prodigiously gifted with mental acuity) quickly realized that hedgehogs were harder to open than a can of cat food, and the reward for that wasn’t worth the trip to the vet. which ensued. HrDrIgelMeister

It’s probably just an emergent property of sleep when the animal’s waking super-control over everything is turned off. You continue to breathe deeper and deeper as you sleep, and the airflow through the passageways creates a snort. This could actually be a warning to any predator that the snorer is actually not as sleepy as it looks. Most wild animals sleep with one eye open… kglowe

Do they snore in the wild, though? Or is it a side effect of a much more comfortable life one leads in captivity or in people’s homes. Keep in mind that many captive (or domesticated) animals reach an age and size that they would never reach in the wild and snoring has a lot to do with both. YRV2016

I doubt it’s possible to snore underwater so snoring must have evolved after we got out of the sea. will have the picture. Snoring is therefore a sign of prestige intended to create envy in those who cannot sleep. Holy_Ska_Dubman

I think we give way too much importance to the idea that the world is predatory. Watch some of the YouTube videos that show different species helping each other for no reason or gain, but because they can. There’s plenty of room for all of us, or there used to be. Snoring is most likely the audible expression of a universal connection to spirituality. Holger Dan

A friend of mine works for the Highways Agency, which does amazing (and unseen and unappreciated) work tending to roadside habitats to try and maintain as many wildlife as possible. Until I met him, for example, I didn’t know he looked after the large bat colony under the M5 between Bristol and Clevedon and had very strict rules about the heights of reduction of habitats to help roosting birds, etc.

Her finest hour was helping her eight-year-old daughter with her class assembly project on mice. The video of hibernating mice snoring stupidly brought the house down. Jaws4 p.m.

Snoring is caused by the inevitable age-related relaxation of the soft palate (assisted by the accumulation of fat, which further softens the tissues and muscle relaxant drugs such as alcohol). Evolution ignores anything that happens after the much earlier childbearing age, because at that point the genes have already been selected and passed on. So you might as well ask what is the possible survival benefit of arthritis or hearing loss?

In fact, most animals outside of human domestication probably don’t live long enough to even reach an age where their bodies have a chance to soften enough for snoring to begin (or arthritis, deafness, or whatever). sign of aging). by disease and ordinary predation unassisted by snoring.

Their diet is also generally not high enough in calories to gain the aforementioned weight. Some do discover the joys of fermented fruit, however, as well as the snores of binge drinking and – assuming they survive the night – hangovers. Did you feed the fish

Evolution can certainly have effects on individuals after a species has reproduced; hence menopause in men. Genes don’t just exist in the context of an individual, a group largely shares the same genes, so things that can benefit the group – like sharing childcare with elderly women who no longer suffer the extreme risks of birth – can evolve. I fucking try

Nocturnal hunters tend to hunt by smell. snazpizaz2

Animals snore because unlike me they don’t use CPAP. Barbara Mathias Allard

It’s a better question than usual because no one seems to know why. Many people have probably googled it but still haven’t found a satisfying answer. sangaro

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