The alligator's awesome ability to survive freezing temperatures

10 January, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Kim Reid
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However, a layer of ice had formed on top of the swamp in the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach last Friday, and stayed solid throughout the weekend.

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

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See a video above showing how alligators deal with freezing temperatures.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how wonderful it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", park owner Linda McMullan wrote on Facebook. Are these alligators in frozen water alive or not?

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The animals are experiencing brumation, a process cold-blooded animals go through that lowers their metabolism so they can survive cold climates, similar to warm-blooded mammals' hibernation. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how incredible of a creature they are". "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature". Experts said it's not likely the animal will react.

Experts say the alligators instinctively know when water they're in is about to freeze, so they stick out their noses at the right time to breathe. Since they're cold-blooded, they rely on the sun to warm them up which increases their body temperature. At least not while the water is still frozen around them.

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North Carolina is the furthest north the alligator species would travel.

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