"Where do alligators go in the winter?"


   Are you looking for our resident alligator "Lefty"?  If the temperature is below 70 degrees it may be hard to find her. 

"When it gets cold in the winter, alligators slow down. Below 70 degrees F or so ­they stop feeding, and when it gets much colder, alligators dig out a den in the bank of a pond or river and go dormant until it warms up again.

Alligators can even survive freezing conditions. They have been known to rise to the surface if the water is about to freeze, with their nostrils above the surface. This allows them to breathe through the ice as it forms. In extreme cases, they get frozen into the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free when the ice melts."  https://animals.howstuffworks.com/reptiles/alligator5.htm

But, don't worry- you can still see wildlife in our Nature Center. Come in and see alligators, owls and Homer the turtle and much more. You can even have your picture taken touching a snake at our Snake Encounter. Make sure to check out the weekly activities calendar for info- 

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