Alligators make do in frozen zoo enclosure in 'amazing' display of survival

Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap

In this viral video from Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina, alligators are attempting to handle the changes to their natural habitat.

The video shows several alligators, frozen in place, their snouts just barely sticking out the water, allowing them to breathe until the river thaws out.

"When alligators aren't sunbathing, they'll spend the other half of their life in water". The family-owned outdoor adventure park's "alligators on ice" video has received tens of thousands of views on Facebook. In a blog post, experts explained that alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees. They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation. Their metabolism slows down and they can stay at the bottom of the water for up to 24 hours on one breath.

"It's a survival mechanism", said George Howard, the general manager of the park.




"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said.

Ever wonder how alligators deal with frigid temperatures? At least not while the water is still frozen around them. "Their bodies like the warmth".

However, a layer of ice had formed on top of the swamp in the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach last Friday, and stayed solid throughout the weekend. "And it made sense immediately why they were doing it".

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