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Word of the Week: Sploot
August 26, 2022 by High Park Nature Centre

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each week to amp up your nature vocabulary!

Photo Credit: Mark Sardella,

This week's word of the week is sploot [sploot] (n.): the pose an animal makes when it lies on its stomach with its hind legs stretched out back and flat.

Splooting is a common behaviour among some four-legged mammals like squirrels that stretch themselves out on cool surfaces on hot summer days to reduce their body heat or to just relax. This behaviour is also called heat dumping.

Some other mammals that you can often see splooting are pets like dogs and cats. Dogs, especially corgis, are well known for their splooting poses.

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