|Cold-stunned sea turtles at the Brownsville Ship Channel|
This week many Texans are seeing snow for the first time as a record cold front plunged our state into single-digit temperatures.
While humans struggle with power and water outages, how are our native fish and wildlife faring? For many animals, it depends on how well prepared they are, including having healthy fat reserves.
That’s reassuring for those of us who have been building up our own fat deposits.
Texas has few true hibernating animals. But many animals do slow way, way down.
Many native wildlife species will be able to survive short durations of historic low temperatures and snow events. However, long-term impacts on a variety of wildlife and their habitats, especially on vegetation, may not be known for weeks.
Here’s a rundown of how different animals handle the cold.
|Mockingbird, the Texas state bird, fluffed up in the cold.|
|White-tailed deer in the snow.|
|Tri-color bats in Buffalo, Texas|
American alligator in winter at Powderhorn WMA
SEA TURTLES, SNAKES AND OTHER REPTILES