Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Video shows alligators surviving frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air

Video shows alligators surviving frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air

Alligators, he explained, don't like subfreezing temperatures any more than warmblooded humans, and when faced with such extremes they go into survival mode.

"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".

As the narrator in the video says, "Look at those teeth".

Videos showing the alligators "just hanging out in the water", have garnered tens of thousands of views since they were published over the weekend. The alligators then enter "a state of brumation, like hibernating".

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Video taken by visitors to the Shallotte River Swamp Park shows alligator snouts poking out of the icy conditions. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters. Once the ice melts away, the gator will start regulating their body heat again. "They're out and doing their happy dance". "But just to be careful, I researched it very quickly to make sure that was OK because I have never seen that before".

The American alligator can survive water temperatures of negative 40 degrees and can hold their breath for one to 24 hours, the park said in a blog post.

According to Howard, this is completely normal as a survival mechanism for alligators. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how fantastic of a creature they are".

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

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