This Wild Video Shows How Alligators Avoid Freezing to Death

10 January, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • How alligators survive in icy waters

A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video explaining how alligators survive in a frozen pond, and it's both creepy and weird.

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.

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Apparently, the alligators have a natural instinct that kicks in that lets them know when the river is about to freeze. They respond by sticking their nose above the surface at just the right moment, allowing the water to freeze around them.

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.

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The park later posted an update video on January 9 to show the alligators swimming around after the ice had thawed.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how awesome 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.

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The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice. In a blog post, experts explained that alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters.

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