Hibernating Alligators Are The Best Kind
I hate alligators. And crocodiles. And sharks. And everything in nature.
So I went to the Sunshine State to meet up with some of my good writer friends. These three other people have encouraged me these past few years as I go through my Master’s degree in writing. We’ve read each other’s stuff, we talked shop, and we’ve written. Life is good.
But I Still Hate Alligators
I joked around with my friends that I highly dislike alligators, crocodiles, and sharks. That’s because they are scary and tend to eat things, namely, they eat humans.*
Sure, here in the U.S., we have our share of scorpions and snakes and spiders. And bears, if you go camping. [One reader astutely noted that some bears, in fact, do eat people.] And while those things are dangerous … there is a special kind of nightmarish fear for Things That Eat Us.
Just so you know … so you, too, can have nightmares about these things … there is one place on earth that has ALL THREE.
We named this place “Florida.” Florida loosely translates into hot and humid place that has human eating animals roaming wild that the State does nothing about because it’s too damn scary. I know there is an acronym in there somewhere, but the only thing I could come up with is the “d” and “a” for “damn alligators.”
(Florida actually means something like “lots of flowers.”)
To be exact, I am talking about the Florida Everglades, which, thankfully, was far away from where I stayed. Also, just so you know, the Florida Everglades are home to fire ants, scorpions, bears, AND poisonous snakes. A haven of human-devouring or poisonous animals.**
More FYI … the person who
discovered found Florida for a European nation was Juan Ponce de León, who died when he was attacked by the indigenous Calusas in the … you guessed it … the Florida Everglades. I’m saying it once more. That’s the SAME PLACE … the only place on earth … that has alligators, crocodiles, AND sharks. And scorpions, bears, snakes, and fire ants.
I’m fairly certain that Ponce de León died because some Calusas thought he was a strange species of alligator.
But! Wait! Alligators and crocodiles hibernate. In. The. Winter. Florida is safe from human-eating-things for a little while. (The alligators were hibernating during my trip to Florida.) This explains a lot, like snow birds and retirees.
* One of my friends ate a meal of alligators. Take that, Everglades!
** The Florida Everglades also has poison ivy and poison oak.
The Book Promos
We have two books and two giveaway promotions this newsletter!
The first is The Galston House by Marc Layton. You can get the story for free by signing up to his newsletter. For anyone buying a house in this wacky market, you might wanna read this first. :)
Next up, I Know Who Killed Your Daughter by Tim Kizer & James Rice. This strikes at the heart of me because I could imagine no nightmare more horrible than something happening to my daughter. Even seeing an alligator!
And we have an all-genre giveaway to celebrate the new year! I bet you can pick up something great.
Last but not least, we have another New Year giveaway. Between these two, I bet you can find something to read for all year long.
I finished Merlin on Netflix. I know Bradley James (Arthur) is supposed to be the heartthrob, but Colin Morgan (Merlin) is cute in a dorky-his-ears-stick-out sort of way. Next up: Star Gate SG-1.
Last newsletter, I promised that I would unveil my old web site that I’ve been working on, and here it is: Let Go Of Being Perfect. This site is a crafting site, mostly for sewing tutorials and refashioning clothing. I’ve done a lot of work these past few weeks, including writing a new post about making heart cut outs in your t-shirt. If you want to be inundated with awesome sewing tutorials for Valentine’s Day, I wrote one for 70+ sewing projects.
I also wrote about Loving v. Virginia for both MLK Day and Valentine’s Day, if you’d like to check out the Supreme Court decision that struck down the ban on interracial marriage.
How Alligators Keep Warm During the Winter Months While Hibernating
I didn't know that alligators hibernate. When I think of hibernation, I think of polar bears in the Artic. I most certainly don't think of the cooler months of Florida. But yet, they do.
What Happens to Alligators During Winter Months?
During the winter, alligators enter a state of brumation, which is similar to hibernation. Alligators are cold-blooded reptiles that rely on their environment to regulate their body temperature. When the temperature drops, they become less active and slow down their metabolism to conserve energy. This is know as torpor, which is a period of inactivity that allows them to conserve energy. That means they do not hibernate in the same sense as a polar bear.
How Alligators Regulate Their Body Temperature During Hibernation
During brumation, alligators rely on their environment to regulate their body temperature. They seek out warmer areas, such as shallow water or sunny spots on the banks of rivers, to warm themselves. Alligators are also known to raise their heads above the water to bask in the sun's warmth. This behavior is known as thermoregulation, and it allows alligators to maintain their body temperature and conserve energy during the winter months.
Conservation Efforts for Alligators During Winter Months
What this means is that alligators are less scary in winter while they are brumating, but they are still scary.