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Old 01-10-2018, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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On tv news last night, there was a clip about how NC Alligators have survived in frozen ponds etc.

Apparently they allow their cold-blooded bodies to be frozen in an upright position, where the snout breaks through ice and is left outside for breathing. The photos were so interesting.....guess they don't eat anything during that period.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:12 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'd be very curious if you could find a link. Typically reptiles suffer badly in the cold weather. Usually cold is worse than heat but nature is pretty amazing in general so some species have a sort of anti-freeze. I admit I'm not so knowledgeable about crocodilians as snakes but I'm fascinated by the prospect.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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If I knew how to do a link I would...

It was on WLOS tv station in Asheville NC, yesterday, Tuesday Jan 9. Maybe still on their website WLOS.com

It did say they had difficulty in times like this...
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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I found this: Alligators freeze snouts in ice to stay alive - CNN Video

Pretty neat. I always say that nature finds a way to survive. Case in point here. Gotta love it.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Good...glad you found it....so interesting!
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevadas (California)
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fascinating.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:03 PM
 
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I watched a video of that on the news last night too. There was a man chipping some of the ice away from the edges of the ice hole just to make it a bit bigger. He examined inside the alligator's mouth to make sure it wasn't frostbitten and was alive and healthy. The alligator was brummating, that is, slowing of metabolic activity and going into a state of torpor or dormancy induced by the cold but it was breathing and appeared to be doing okay.


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Old 01-10-2018, 09:12 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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This is on the Gators & Sharks!!

https://www.bing.com/news/search?q=F...arks&FORM=EWRE
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:20 AM
 
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Funny how this alligator look in that pose, interesting!
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Our temps in NC are now warmer so hopefully he is on his way...except it is to be much colder this weekend.
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