Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Alligator Noses Stick Out Above Frozen Water During the Winter

The folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park used a series of Facebook posts to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions Alligator Noses Stick Out Above Frozen Water During the Winter
Lillian Steele | 10 January, 2018, 01:26

Alligators have been filmed in North Carolina trying to stay alive in a frozen pond by sticking their snouts through a sheet of ice.

"When alligators aren't sunbathing, they'll spend the other half of their life in water". "So, what happens when the water or air temperature is too low for them to be active?"

Alligators in southeastern North Carolina poke their noses through ice to survive unusual winter chills battering east coast of the United States since last week.

The alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park are out of danger.

How have alligators dealt with the freezing temperatures that hit our area? The folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park used a series of Facebook posts to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions

The rescued alligators are fine - they're cold-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature. Their metabolism slows down in the cold conditions and they go into a lethargic state. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters.

"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".

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how fantastic it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook.

"It's a survival mechanism", George Howard, the general manager of the park, told local reporters on Tuesday, "They'll go wherever it is warmest". Experts said they believed the alligators may have been pets released by their former owners.

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