Breathtaking video shows how alligators survive in a frozen North Carolina pond

Alicia Farmer
January 13, 2018

It's a video you'll have to see to believe.

Park officials say the alligators will be on the prowl once temperatures warm up.

Following an arctic blast, Shallotte River Swamp Park shared footage on January 7 of how their rescued alligators are surviving the bitter cold.

"They seem to be doing fairly well", said an expert from the park who was watching the alligators poke their noses out of the frozen river.

According to Howard, this is not uncommon for alligators, whose bodies experience brumation, a process nearly like hibernation in which a cold-blooded animal's metabolism lowers and its body temperature regulates in order to survive cold climates.

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Stunned staff at the Shallote River Swamp Park in North Carolina witnessed the technique last week after a snow storm.

American alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Their metabolism slows down in the cold conditions and they go into a lethargic state. "Often during this time, an alligator will stay at the bottom of a body of water".

Alligators can hold their breath for up to 24 hours, according to the Swamp Park.

"They can sense temperature changes and will stick their noses out of the water to breathe", said Howard, per The Huffington Post.

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