Alligators survive freezing waters by poking noses through ice

Alligators survive freezing waters by poking noses through ice

Alligators survive freezing waters by poking noses through ice

Following an arctic blast, Shallotte River Swamp Park shared footage on January 7 of how their rescued alligators are surviving the bitter cold.

Alligators have been filmed in North Carolina trying to stay alive in a frozen pond by sticking their snouts through a sheet of ice.

The cold temperatures have caused the pond they live in to freeze over.

"They can sense temperature changes and will stick their noses out of the water to breathe", Howard said.

The park later posted an update video on January 9 to show the alligators swimming around after the ice had thawed.

With their bodies on ice, alligators go into a state of dormancy called torpor in which their metabolism slows considerably. The rest of their body will suspend in the water during this time.

According to Howard, this is completely normal as a survival mechanism for alligators. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water".

Ever wonder how alligators deal with frigid temperatures?

But fear not, animal lovers.

The cold-blooded animals essentially allow themselves to be frozen in place, with their noses just above the surface, according to a video posted on Facebook by Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach.

"It's 65 degrees here today and the waters have melted", Howard said Tuesday.

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