Written by Andrea Lloyd
With dropping temperatures across the Southern United States, cold-blood creatures accustomed to temperate climates can become victims to the freeze if caught unaware. These ectothermic animals, such as reptiles, rely on external sources of heat to regulate their body temperature. If temperatures drop too low and the reptile does nothing, the reptile dies. Reptiles combat cold temperatures by brumation or migrating. Recently in North Carolina, for example, alligators have been seen brumating in frozen ice ponds with only their nostrils sticking out.