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Re: Tennessee Gators
That's why I think they are theorizing a bit with the "nose above ice" solution. Finding alligators is definitely not new news in Tennessee as their native range actually extends to Southwest TN. Outliers have been found in the Tennessee River in Middle TN as well. They are also a protected species here.
Latitude and sun angle probably play a part. Potential for winter warm spells, daytime heating, etc. In Nashville, we have armadillos, a load of fire ants, cottonmouths throughout the state, and gargantuan Southern magnolias that survived our all-time lows in the 60s and 80s, etc.
"Oh, Dixie Land, I hope you understand
When I miss my Tennessee Home
And I've been away way too long
I can't see this world unless I go
Outside my Southern Comfort Zone"- Brad Paisley