How alligators survive the cold

Incredible Footage Shows Alligators In USA Pushing Snouts Through Ice To Survive

The Shallotte River Swamp Park shared videos on Facebook of their alligators with their noses stuck high in the air through cracks in the ice, and they appeared not to be moving.

In the video, an alligator is seen sticking its snout out of a frozen swamp.

According to experts, the alligators instinctively know when the water is about to freeze and before that happens they stick their noses over the surface.

In a blog post, experts explained alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees. But unlike mammals that hibernate, gators don't go into a deep sleep.

The ice in finally beginning to melt away, and soon these guys will be saying "see ya later alligator" to hibernation and the cold temps.

"Just hanging out in the water", said the narrator in one of the videos.

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The alligators lower their body temperature and metabolism to survive the freezing waters. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water".

Bone-chilling arctic air created risky conditions for a large portion of the US 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.

But fear not, animal lovers. Temperatures at the park have warmed up lately, freeing the gators from the icy pond.

Ever wonder how alligators deal with frigid temperatures?

"It made sense immediately why they were doing it".

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