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American alligator warming its body

American alligator warming its body

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CLAY COLEMAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAY COLEMAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

American alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) lying over a fallen cypress tree. It is warming itself in the heat of the sun. This animal is an example of an ectothermic organism, one which controls its temperature using its external environment. Photographed at Cypress Flats, Louisiana, USA.

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