01/12/10 FROZEN SNAKES COME OUT COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE!

Of course I do find the statements regarding the influence of cold affecting animals is real (see frozen tropical fish farms and the frozen Boa featured in the article below) except when it comes to that reality as it applies to the rest of America, it seems to have been ignored. Well I guess if animals could freeze in Florida they might in climates that are colder....I just wonder how those Aiken, South Carolina pythons are doing in that 19F weather, haven't heard anything...

Thanks to the emergency responder below who is showing what cold will do to a boa...

 

Manatees to Pythons: A Rough Weekend For Local Wildlife


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Baby, it's cold outside.

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Iguanas falling from the sky.

Pythons slithering from the swamps and into suburban yards in search of warmth.

It would make a great horror movie if it weren't true life. It's been so frigid in South Florida this week that 250 sea turtles in cold shock have already been picked up in Broward County, and two freezing manatees were rescued in Stuart on Thursday, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife officials. As if avoiding boaters weren't enough, manatees get cold stress syndrome in water temps under 68 degrees, so they're heading in droves for the warmer waters near power plants -- like the one near the Florida Power and Light plant in Riviera Beach.

Nobody's shedding any tears over iguanas losing their grip and plummeting from trees, though. The cold snap is providing the easiest disposal yet.
Burmese pythons in the keys and elsewhere are taking up residence in neighborhood yards and garages, or sunbathing in other open areas they don't normally frequent. The pythons are usually nocturnal hunters and don't get around much during the day -- but there's some evidence that colder temperatures are driving the reptiles south, where they haven't had a significant presence so far.

Florida Fish and Wildlife released a reminder this week to licensed hunters that it's still legal to hunt the pythons and other nuisance reptiles -- the fact that the cold blooded snakes have slowed down significantly should make picking them off a lot easier.

Here was our local weather-I think Dave said it got somewhere between 12-18F 

Icy weather grips county

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Boerne's emergency communication system activated on Thursday as vold weather swept into the county.
Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 11:53 PM CST
An arctic cold front swept into Texas with whipping winds Thursday, dropping temperatures and giving the Hill Country its first taste of severe winter weather.

Kendall County and surrounding counties were under wind advisories Thursday as gusts of up to 40 miles per hour brought the wind chill factor into the teens. Following a hard freeze Thursday night, forecasters predicted even colder overnight lows - from 15 to 17 degrees - through the weekend. It may be Sunday before afternoon high temperatures reach above the freezing mark, according to the National Weather Service.