Alligators Survive Icy Swamp Conditions in North Carolina

Alligators Survive Icy Swamp Conditions in North Carolina”

"We just want to make sure he's good to go".

In North Carolina, these alligators are sticking their noses through to ice to breathe.

Stunned staff at the Shallote River Swamp Park in North Carolina witnessed the technique last week after a snow storm.

The park described the conditions as a "freeze like no other" and said it allowed them to show their followers how adaptable the alligators were to the unusually cold climate.

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According to Howard, this is not uncommon for alligators, whose bodies experience brumation, a process nearly like hibernation in which a cold-blooded animal's metabolism lowers and its body temperature regulates in order to survive cold climates.

The cold-blooded reptiles can not generate their own body heat, but they do regulate it by changing their environment.

Howard said the American alligators' form of hibernation is called brumation to lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive.

"(It's) just an absolute awesome survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today", Howard added. Turtles will also seek refuge from the cold by sinking to the bottom of lakes and burying in the warm mud below. Because once it does, the alligators will quickly return to an active state and will likely be looking for a tasty snack.

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