Frozen Alligators in North Carolina
Posted by Tom in PA on January 10, 2018, 10:28 am
Alligators are amazing creatures. They can tolerate a lot more cold than people think. Check this out: https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-frozen-alligators-survived-last-200117231.html
Re: Frozen Alligators in North Carolina
Posted by Fred SC on January 10, 2018, 1:14 pm, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
I saw that on tv. Years ago down n the Low Country on the barrier Islands the alligators did the same thing. They came up and allowed the water to freeze around their nostrils. IT probably did not stay frozen over a day or so
Posted by Kevin midTN on January 10, 2018, 2:26 pm, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
That's a pretty cool video. They have to be tough because they have been in the Huntsville Alabama area since the 70'S. I think they went down to minus 8-10'F in 1985. Kevin midTN
Posted by Duane - Reece , Missouri on January 10, 2018, 5:52 pm, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
Thats very interesting. People have claimed seeing them in the Mississippi but that river would be hard to freeze up. There are alligators in Arkansas.
Posted by Terry SE KY Harlan Co. on January 10, 2018, 6:46 pm, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
The Harlan gator died a few weeks ago, if you all remember my post, but we are at the very beginning of the Cumberland River basin which is basically a creek here, shallow and no real hiding place from the cold. I have heard rumors of others in deeper water like Martins Fork Lake. Neat post...thanks for sharing!
Posted by Greg H. Harrodsburg Ky on January 11, 2018, 10:22 pm, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
So thats how they do it. Owensboro and Paducah has seen them in years past along the Ohio River.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on January 12, 2018, 12:09 pm, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
That is amazing to see them surviving in such weather. That would have to be for a short time I bet. Im not the biggest reptilian fan around but glad to see their instincts is saving them from freezing to death. Thanks for sharing this Tom!
Posted by Barry - Senatobia Mississippi on January 13, 2018, 10:04 am, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
In Mississippi they are cold tolerant but their bodies shut down in winter. Alligators stop feeding when water temperatures drop below 70 degrees because they can no longer digest food when their core body temperature reaches that level.They lay their eggs in July and the mother alligator builds nests near the water with sticks, brush and whatever she can find. She will lay her eggs in there and cover it up. It can get warm in there like a compost pile and thats how the eggs are hatched. Strangely the hottest temps in the egg pile produce male alligators and cooler temps will produce female and temps that are in the upper 80s will produce both sexs. Full grown females rarely grow larger than 6 feet. The big ones you hear about are males. You can legally hunt them here. Last year 6,000 Mississippians made the application process for 920 permits offered on public waterways, statewide. The Alligator Hunting Season on public waters will take place Aug. 25-Sept. 4. 2018
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