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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Life Tips From Turtles?

There has been a long heat wave this month in NYC; and I don't think it's over yet. The series of hot days with oppressive humidity are leaving me short tempered as many things seem to do. However, the weather conditions are not stopping the turtles in NYC's Central Park from enjoying life, as evidenced by this guy/gal soaking up the sun atop a rock near a lake located in close proximity to the park's west seventy-second entrance. I like how he/she works on his/her suntan by rotating sides of his/her body, seemingly unaffected by the heat wave. Perhaps I need a few life lessons from him/her. 

In any event, seeing turtles enjoying Central Park in the  summertime begs the question, what do turtles to survive the winter? I did some research and here's what I found:

“Turtles are cold-blooded and are therefore more susceptible to cold temperatures.  They do the turtle-version of hibernating, called brumating, burying themselves in the mud and leaves at the bottom of the park’s ponds, with their metabolism and heart beats slowing down and their body temperatures dropping.  The chemistry of their blood changes so that it won’t freeze, they don’t need to feed, as they survive on fat stores built up the rest of the year, and they don’t require much oxygen, ‘breathing’ through special skin cells.” (To view my source on this info, please click here).

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