Frozen Alligators Thaw Out in NC

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

Those visiting frozen swamps in North Carolina a few days ago would have seen a very unusual sight - alligator snouts poking out of the icy ponds, with their bodies frozen below. According to park officials, it's not out of the ordinary - they're just attempting to acclimating to the freezing conditions.

Many marveled at the sight of alligators facing the ice at North Carolina's Shallotte River Swamp Park.

As families across the country do everything they can to keep loved ones and their pets warm during the harsh winter weather, a group of alligators in Brunswick County is using a unique technique to survive the frozen outdoors.

Shallote River Swamp Park    
     ICE COLD The amazing video showing the alligator's methods has gone viral
Shallote River Swamp Park ICE COLD The amazing video showing the alligator's methods has gone viral

The animals actually entered the water during last week's "bomb cyclone", which thrust temperatures to record-setting lows.

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.

Alligators can hold their breath for up to 24 hours, according to the Swamp Park. The rest of their body will suspend in the water during this time. Of course, they still needed to breathe, which is why they stuck their cute lil' jaws through the ice.