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Fri Feb 19, 2021, 04:49 PM

Oklahoma alligators frozen in water with snouts sticking out

A number of alligators in southeastern Oklahoma were caught on camera sticking their snouts out of water amid the deep freeze by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s David Arbour.

The images showed lifting their snouts above the waterline with the lake having frozen all around them.

While initially, the images caused commenters to worry for the welfare of the chilly reptiles, Mr Arbour and experts have assured that the behaviour, often called “icing” or “snorkeling”, is natural.

The phenomenon, also called brumation, allows the alligator to slow down their heart rate and metabolism during cold temperatures below the water while still maintaining the ability to breathe.

"It’s an interesting behavior because it’s opposite of what most crocodilians do," James Perran Ross, a retired associate scientist of wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Florida told LiveScience in 2018.

He added: "The normal response of most other crocs when it gets really cold is to come out of the water and try to bask to get warm again."

Mr Ross explained that since the air is usually colder than the water itself if alligators completely left the water they could freeze to death.


https://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-alligators-frozen-water-snouts-173711267.html

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Reply Oklahoma alligators frozen in water with snouts sticking out (Original post)
MoonRiver Feb 19 OP
underpants Feb 19 #1
Wounded Bear Feb 19 #2
LeftInTX Feb 19 #7
underpants Feb 19 #14
uncle ray Feb 19 #15
dem4decades Feb 19 #3
Bucky Feb 19 #4
USALiberal Feb 19 #8
LeftInTX Feb 19 #9
ShazzieB Feb 19 #16
albacore Feb 19 #17
MoonRiver Feb 19 #5
BannonsLiver Feb 19 #6
LeftInTX Feb 19 #12
magicarpet Feb 19 #10
no_hypocrisy Feb 19 #11
LeftInTX Feb 19 #13
Celerity Feb 19 #18
MoonRiver Feb 20 #19

Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 04:55 PM

1. I thought we had alligators here

Crocs are in the Southern Hemisphere I thought

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 04:57 PM

2. I believe alligators is a sub-group of genus crocodillian...nt

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:17 PM

7. They have both crocs and alligators in South Florida

Crocs aren't very common.
Salt water crocs..(no link. On my phone)

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 06:23 PM

14. Well GREAT

Kanye and Kim are splitsville
One of the Fat Boys died
And now THIS

I really didn’t know that.

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Response to underpants (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 06:57 PM

15. wait, what?

some of the Fat Boys are still alive?

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:02 PM

3. Funny with all the news about Texas you forget States like Oklahoma are in the deep freeze too.

Why is Texas so fucked up when other Republican states seem to have avoided the worst of it?

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:12 PM

4. Oklahomans are used to dealing with cold weather.

When I was a kid we would visit my grand folks there on the regular. It always snowed, sometimes heavy, in the winter.

Those alligators, without intending to, are a metaphor

Also, should be a good time to go gator hunting. Gator meat is the yumms

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Response to Bucky (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:18 PM

8. No thanks! Nt

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Response to Bucky (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:20 PM

9. I did not know they had alligators in OK

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 07:27 PM

16. Me, neither.

I learn something new here at DU every day!

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Response to Bucky (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 07:51 PM

17. True... and it's pre-chilled. And not as feisty right now, either. nt

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:14 PM

5. Because all other lower 48 states grid share. But not Texas! NO, NO, NO

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:15 PM

6. We're on a regional grid so that has helped with the energy issue

And by and large our winters while not being like those of the Great Lakes states are generally harsher than Texas winters. We were on a nearly 2 week stretch of below freezing weather even before the arctic air arrived.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:29 PM

12. I am closer to the Tropic of Cancer than the OK border.

We don't prepare well for cold down here.

It's one of those things that was "hard to imagine " when it was 80 degrees last week. We're like, " Snow?? What?? 9 degrees???"

Althouh, it's not an excuse. Our legislation is pretty short sighted.

The warm parts of TX share power with the cold parts. And the really cold parts of Texas are on the national grid.

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:24 PM

10. Texas.....

Hyper deregulation of businesses.....

No connection to the federal east or west electric grid. Where as if power fail as in one area then other states crank up generation and send it to their neighbors to make up for power generation lost. Then vis versa Texas would crank their power if anyone else in the grid needs power if a neighbor suffered an outage. If you are a member of the grid they help each other out to keep things up and running. Texas refused to join the grid but decided to go it alone,... they figured it would be cheaper,... but they were wrong.

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:28 PM

11. Reminds me of Disney's "Happiest Millionaire".

The story was based on a non-fiction eccentric millionaire, Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, who kept alligators -- in a room in his mansion. The help left the windows opened during a winter day and their baths froze over. But they didn't die.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 05:30 PM

13. Lol

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 07:56 PM

18. pic

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Response to Celerity (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 04:10 PM

19. Fantastic pic!

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