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Alligators Stick Noses Out Above Frozen Water During Hibernation

10 January 2018

With much of America dealing with a severe cold snap, we're getting a look at how alligators survive the freezing temperatures.

A video from the Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina has gone viral has it shows how a cold-blooded alligator survives when a pond freezes over.

How have alligators dealt with the freezing temperatures that hit our area? The folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park used a series of Facebook posts to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions

Videos showing the alligators "just hanging out in the water", have garnered tens of thousands of views since they were published over the weekend. Are these alligators in frozen water alive or not?

According to experts, alligators instinctively know when the water is about to freeze, and they respond by sticking their nose above the surface while the water freezes around.

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However, a layer of ice had formed on top of the swamp in the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach last Friday, and stayed solid throughout the weekend. They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation. "(It's) just an absolute incredible survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today".

Despite this ingenious survival instinct, Howard said gators can't stay in icy water indefinitely. And then I realized as I saw some teeth that, oh my gosh, these guys are poking their heads up out of the water. "They're out and doing their happy dance". He said he posted the videos because it's a great learning experience for the public. The alligators have all rescued from captivity and can not go back into the wild.

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Alligators Stick Noses Out Above Frozen Water During Hibernation