Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures

Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap
Faye Gross | 10 January, 2018, 00:31

The Shallotte River Swamp Park shared videos on Facebook of their alligators with their noses stuck high in the air through cracks in the ice, and they appeared not to be moving.

The latest video of the "alligators on ice" posted Monday received more than 150,000 views at the time of publishing this article.

The "bomb cyclone" that froze the eastern seaboard of the United States last week forced many to take extreme measures to stay warm and stay alive, including a group of rather inventive alligators in North Carolina.

"They seem to be doing fairly well", said an expert from the park who was watching the alligators poke their noses out of the frozen river.

Howard says the gators' form of hibernation is called brumation, which is when they lower their body temperatures and metabolism so they can survive.

In the video, alligators can be seen literally frozen inside a pond. 'Pretty fantastic. ... Look at those teeth.

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Experts also believe if someone mistakenly steps on these creatures, while they are frozen, the animals are most likely not going to react.

The rescued alligators are fine - they're cold-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature.

"(It's) just an absolute unbelievable survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today", Howard said.

Some users also questioned as to what would happen if someone steps on a frozen alligator.

North Carolina is the furthest north the alligator species would travel.

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