This Wild Video Shows How Alligators Avoid Freezing to Death

This Wild Video Shows How Alligators Avoid Freezing to Death

This Wild Video Shows How Alligators Avoid Freezing to Death

George Howard, the park's general manager, tells WECT the gators stick their snouts up through the ice so they're able to breathe. "It is not abnormal for them [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe".

The freaky practice is apparently called brumation, a form of hibernation that allows alligators to regulate their body temperatures no matter the weather conditions, according to a report by the Bradenton Herald.

Footage shared the the Shallotte River Swamp Park's Facebook page showed a handful of the cold-blooded reptiles breathing through the gaps created by their snouts in a pond frozen by a brutal cold spell that gripped the USA last week.

Alligators in southeastern North Carolina poke their noses through ice to survive unusual winter chills battering east coast of the United States since last week.

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That's why, when a North Carolina park featuring gators froze over in recent days, they can be seen seemingly stuck in the ice. Alligators will go into a state of brumation.

The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice.

"I looked around and I was like 'hmmm what is that poking up out of the water?' They nearly look like cypress trees a little bit from afar".

As for what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator, experts said it's not likely the animal will react. But that's no problem, according to the park's accompanying blog post. "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature".

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