Hybernating Alligators Have to Poke Through Carolina Ice to Breath

Hybernating Alligators Have to Poke Through Carolina Ice to Breath

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

In a rarely seen occurrence, video released on Monday showed alligators trying to stay alive in a frozen North Carolina pond by sticking their snouts through the ice.

"It's interesting to see them poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine so they're doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over they can still breathe but just an absolute fantastic survival technique", Howard said.

They stick their mouths out of the water and allow the water to freeze around them.

But that thing poking through the ice is actually an alligator's snout! They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation. But unlike mammals that hibernate, gators don't go into a deep sleep. Their metabolisms slow down dramatically and they become lethargic. "Often during this time, an alligator will stay at the bottom of a body of water".

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As for what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator, experts said it's not likely the animal will react. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters.

Have you ever wondered how alligators survive in the winter? "Their bodies like the warmth".

Alligators can hold their breath for up to 24 hours, according to the Swamp Park. Temperatures at the park have warmed up lately, freeing the gators from the icy pond. The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard. "And it made sense immediately why they were doing it".

Now you know. See ya later, alligator!

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