Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Alligator Noses Stick Out Above Frozen Water During the Winter

Alligators beat ‘bomb cyclone’ by freezing themselves in place Shallotte River Swamp Park Facebook
Andrew Cummings | 10 January, 2018, 01:24

It can be seen from online videos and pictures that the ice hardened around the gators' snouts with their bodies suspended in the water.

The gators instinctively know when the water around them is about to freeze and raise their snouts at just the right time, allowing them to enter a state of brumation, a kind of hibernation that also involves slowing down an animal's metabolism.

Alligators can regulate their temperature so they can remain frozen in place until the ice melts.

George Howard works at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"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".

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All of the alligators in the park have been rescued from captivity and therefore can not go back to the wild.

Experts from the Shallotte River Swamp Park explained how it's all possible. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water".

"No, they will not respond", the park said in a Facebook post.

"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", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook. "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature". That's four counties away from Charlotte.

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