Video shows alligators surviving frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air

10 January, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • The folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park used a series of Facebook posts to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions

According to George Howard, the general manager at Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, the gators, including the 12 rescued at the park, stick their noses up through the ice to breathe, then they hibernate. It seems like every day we come across something we didn't know was a thing. but in our defense, when's the last time you saw an alligator in a frozen pond?

As families across the country do everything they can to keep loved ones and their pets warm during the harsh winter weather, a group of alligators in Brunswick County is using a unique technique to survive the frozen outdoors. Alligators will go into a state of brumation.

Videos showing the alligators "just hanging out in the water", have garnered tens of thousands of views since they were published over the weekend.

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
Video shows alligators surviving frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air

Mild temperatures return to the forecast on Tuesday with highs in the lower-50s. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water". "Pretty fantastic. ... Look at those teeth".

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how awesome it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook. According to park officials, it's not out of the ordinary - they're just attempting to acclimating to the freezing conditions. Experts said they believed the alligators may have been pets released by their former owners.

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