Alligator Noses Stick Out Above Frozen Water During the Winter

Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap

Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap

Here's what alligators do in extreme cold, according to The Swamp Park in North Carolina, where video of these icy alligators was captured.

The video shows several alligators, frozen in place, their snouts just barely sticking out the water, allowing them to breathe until the river thaws out.

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The alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park are out of danger. "So, what happens when the water or air temperature is too low for them to be active?"

And, when the weather warmed up, the alligators went right back to sunbathing to increase their internal body temperatures. "(It's) just an absolute incredible survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today". They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation.

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The 65-acre park and sanctuary has a dozen alligators, all of them "rescues" that were previously kept in captivity.

"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said. According to park officials, it's not out of the ordinary - they're just attempting to acclimating to the freezing conditions. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water".

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Now you know. See ya later, alligator! Experts said they believed the alligators may have been pets released by their former owners.

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