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Here's How Alligators Survive Freezing North Carolina Waters

Here's How Alligators Survive Freezing North Carolina Waters

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

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

Experts say once the alligators are able to breath through the ice, they fall into a state of hibernation known as brumation by lowering their body temperatures and metabolism.

"They can sense temperature changes and will stick their noses out of the water to breathe", Howard said. "(It's) just an absolute fantastic survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today".

And, when the weather warmed up, the alligators went right back to sunbathing to increase their internal body temperatures. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters. "But just to be careful, I researched it very quickly to make sure that was OK because I have never seen that before", he said.

Howard posted a few videos on Facebook to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions.

According to local wildlife specialists, this type of behavior is not that uncommon in large species of reptiles such as the alligators.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how fantastic it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook.


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