Warm winter temps confuse reptiles in coastal Ga.

Posted at 2:17 PM, Feb 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 09:21:32-05

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Warm winter weather is causing some confusion for reptiles and amphibians in the Golden Isles.

Kimberly Andrews is research coordinator for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island and also works with the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory studying reptile and amphibian conservation. She says the cold-blooded creatures usually rest during the winter, but recent warm weather has lured them out.

She says that for some reptiles that only eat a few times a year, that winter rest is very important for energy conservation. She says that when they come out because of temperatures reaching into the 70s, they use up some energy the need for spring and summer.