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At the Okefenokee Swamp in far south Georgia, the alligators were slowing down and burrowing into mud to stay warm.
"Their metabolism slows down so they’re able to not breathe as often, so they don’t have to come to the surface as often," said Susan Heisey, a supervisory ranger at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. "These alligators have been on this earth a long time and they’ve made it through."
Associated Press writers Bruce Smith in Charleston, S.C.; Jay Reeves in Montgomery, Ala.; Ray Henry in Atlanta; Brock Vergakis in Norfolk, Va.; and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.
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