Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures

Violet Powell
January 10, 2018

The video shows several alligators in the slushy, icy water with their nostrils in the air at the Ocean Isle Beach park.

An astonishing video footage, taken at the "Shallotte River Swamp Park" in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, shows how alligators survive during arctic-cold winters.

"These guys are diehard just awesome survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said.

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In the video, alligators can be seen literally frozen inside a pond. "(It's) just an absolute fantastic survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today".

On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw. The alligators then enter "a state of brumation, like hibernating". As for the public safety concerns, they've said that anyone can go traipsing around them without the fear of being attacked since the gators are more concerned with surviving than biting. The rest of their body will suspend in the water during this time. On this, the park has said in reference to experts that crocodiles get the feel of the changes in the weather. The creatures lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive.

Bone-chilling arctic air created unsafe conditions for a large portion of the USA and resulted in at least 18 deaths since the beginning of the new year, including four in North Carolina traffic accidents and three in Texas.

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