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Old 28 May 2013, 05:09 PM
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One interesting aspect of alligator biology is that even though they don't hibernate, they undergo periods of dormancy when the weather becomes cold. They may excavate a cave in a waterway and leave a portion of it above water during this time.
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Alligators are among the most cold-tolerant of crocodilians, although they become very sluggish in cold weather. They can burrow and dig out dens in which they spend the colder months and can survive short freezes, including temporary ice cover and snow. Studies done on wild adult alligators subject to freezing conditions showed that they sought out shallow backwaters where they could position their nostrils in a way that kept a small breathing hole open in the ice.
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