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Alligators poke noses out from under ice to survive cold

10 January 2018, 12:35 | Tara Lloyd

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When the water or air temperatures are too low for them to be active, experts say these reptiles go into a "state of brumation".

With the brutally cold temperatures affecting a good portion of the country, many people and animals are struggling to stay warm; including alligators. "It is not abnormal for them [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe".

A video from the Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina has gone viral has it shows how a cold-blooded alligator survives when a pond freezes over.

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In the video, an alligator is seen sticking its snout out of a frozen swamp. The creatures lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive.

"They didn't care. They're just doing their thing", said Howard.

Once warmer weather returns and melts the ice, the alligators will thermoregulate their body temperatures with a spot of sunbathing.

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"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", park owner Linda McMullan wrote on Facebook. This is the time of year when they are just hanging out, waiting for it to get warm'.

Some users also questioned as to what would happen if someone steps on a frozen alligator.

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

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"It is very, very abnormal for southeastern North Carolina", Howard said of the ice and freezing temps.



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