Alligators stick snouts through ice to survive freezing conditions, swamp park says

Alligators stick snouts through ice to survive freezing conditions, swamp park says

The reptiles will then drop down to the bottom of a body of water, where they can hold their breath for up to 24 hours. 'Pretty fantastic. ... Look at those teeth.

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

Experts say the alligators instinctively know when water they're in is about to freeze, so they stick out their noses at the right time to breathe.

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
Alligators stick snouts through ice to survive freezing conditions, swamp park says

A viral video of alligators frozen in an icy pond at North Carolina's Shallotte River Swamp Park has been the talk of social media, with many people wondering whether coldblooded crocodilians can survive in brutally cold temperatures. "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature". On this, the park has said in reference to experts that crocodiles get the feel of the changes in the weather.

Shallotte River Swamp Park wrote in a blog post, on Saturday, that the cold-blooded gators could endure temperatures dipping to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) by slowing their metabolism in a hibernation-like process called brumation. Once it becomes warm and the ice melts, the creatures will thermoregulate their body temperatures to their regular state. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water". Most are found in the southeastern corner of the state.

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