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TODAY   |  November 20, 2013

Witness the wildlife of the winter

Julie Scardina, from SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, visits TODAY and brings along a few examples of winter wildife as guests, including a lynx and – yikes! – several alligators.

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>>> 8:46 with today's call of the wild . this morning, hour our animal friends adapt when the weather gets older.

>> he sprung a leak.

>> yeah, i heard that. julie, good morning.

>> why always you.

>> ironically it's on your shoes.

>> oh.

>> we're not going to say what those shoes are made of.

>> just regular leather.

>> yes, they are.

>> we're all bundled up out there and these guys have to deal with the cold. even though he had cold snaps in florida a few years ago but we were rescuing mammals, alligators did really well. they actually go into a state of dormancy --

>> savannah is freaking out.

>> that's a big alligator.

>> they actually dig into the side of the banks. they'll find a spot which is facing the sun so they can warm up as much as possible but they won't eat for many many months if it gets below 70%. that basically means they're just chilling out.

>> what happened ifs the water freezes.

>> what's really cool is you see these nodules on the top of their nose and their eyes here.

>> yeah.

>> they'll rise up to the top of the surface of the water and let those stick out while the water freezes around them and they can stay like that until the water thaws out.

>> wow.

>> thank you very much.

>> >> rest easy.

>> no warning about that.

>> okay your left arm.

>> okay.

>> i'm afraid.

>> we've got an animal here who is actually a migrator. so rather than dealing with the cold weather he's going to fly away from the cold weather .

>> this is the turkey vulter, right?

>> oh, that was fantastic. you just came over. unbelievable.

>> he's not going to migrate too far this year.

>> i got nothing more.

>> oh.

>> these guys are migrating and of course they're going to the place where they have more food. obviously he's not going to make it this year.

>> he's a smart one.

>> we have two animals that are trying to avoid the cold weather , right? our next animal is actually one that thrives in the cold weather .

>> wow.

>> isn't this a beautiful animal.

>> can i touch him?

>> why don't you come on this side?

>> well, i don't know about that.

>> he is actually very sweet but i never recommend touching anything on the face or around the mouth, you know?

>> absolutely.

>> but he has this thick fur. you can see all of the that soft, thick fur. the huge paw with fur on the bottom of the paws as well. that keeps him insulated. he can withstand temperatures minus 65 degrees. so he is well adapted. and coming up on the holidays, people will probably be a little bit upset to know that these guys hunt reindeer.

>> do they?

>> yeah.

>> little animal taking on a reindeer.

>> she is going to fill out more and males will get a little larger than the females. so we'll let her go off and we're going to bring off our next animal --

>> savannah --

>> come on savannah.

>> no. no.

>> come on. come on.

>> all right.

>> ladies -- savannah --

>> i'm sorry.

>> hey.

>> down boy.

>> we have jumpers. these are bull frogs. they go and dig into the mud underneath the water and hibernate throughout the winter.

>> if the water freezes they can just stay under there all winter long?

>> they can because they can breathe through their skin and water will allow the exchange of oxygen.

>> not happy.

>> there are species of frogs -- why don't we put them all in. there are some species of frogs that actually can freeze and their breathing stops and heart rate stops.

>> they thaw out.

>> and they thaw out and find the nearest breeding pools as soon as they can.

>> wow. so amazing.

>> maybe he'll turn into a prince.

>> yeah.

>> we hate to torture people here. actually, no, that's not true.

>> all right. this is fascinating. this really is.

>> we do the survivor shows and we think people are so brave when they can withstand the elements for a few days. these guy versus to live out there all winter long.

>> they're beautiful animals.

>> thank you very much. we