Alligators Have The Most Bizarre Way Of Surviving In A Frozen Pond

Trevor Jackson
January 10, 2018

The Shallotte River Park Swamp posted a series of videos to YouTube recently to show how the reptiles survive is such cold temperatures. It can be seen from online videos and pictures that the ice hardened around the gators' snouts with their bodies suspended in the water.

"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. Alligators, he explained, don't like subfreezing temperatures any more than warmblooded humans, and when faced with such extremes they go into survival mode.

Alligators can regulate their temperature so they can remain frozen in place until the ice melts. They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation.

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All of the alligators in the park have been rescued from captivity and therefore can not go back to the wild. "(It's) just an absolute wonderful survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today". This includes two alligators that were used as "guard animals" by N.C. drug dealers. Turns out they stick their noses through the ice to survive.

Now you know. See ya later, alligator! According to park officials, it's not out of the ordinary - they're just attempting to acclimating to the freezing conditions.

After nearly being eradicated in the early 20th century, alligators have made a comeback in North Carolina.

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