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Western New York Record Cold Temperatures Today


Checked the temperature at the house this morning and it was -7° F. We are talking COLDNESS!! The National Weather Service Weather Station here in Allegany State Park reported a -18° F and now we are talking FREEZING temperatures!! I can’t help but worry about the Eastern Box Turtle (Franklin) that we have been following for the past 6 months. He went underground into his hibernaculum on the 1st of October and we don’t anticipate him coming out of the ground till late April or early May.

Franklin

Franklin in the Summer

I feel the ground temperatures will help keep him warm and he has a good 1-2 feet of snow cover insulating the ground. I was doing some research on wintering Eastern Box Turtles and (Costanzo and Claussen 1990) found the Eastern Box Turtles body is capable of withstanding the freezing of a substantial portion of their body fluid. However the turtle will freeze to death if his body temperature drops below -0.4°C (32.28°F).

Are you as worried about Franklin as much as I am now? Hardest part is having to wait till spring to find out if he survived the coldest day of the past 3 years or not!!

Post has been created with my iPhone!


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One response

  1. Barb Farrell

    Beautiful sunrise/sunset!?
    Snow cover is a great insulator; hopefully it will be enough to keep Franklin warm.
    I have good positive feeling about Franklin 🙂

    26 January 2011 at 12:33 pm

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