Video shows alligators surviving frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air
10 January, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
Shallotte River Swamp Park wrote in a blog post, on Saturday, that the cold-blooded gators could endure temperatures dipping to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius) by slowing their metabolism in a hibernation-like process called brumation.
According to George Howard, the general manager at Shallotte River Swamp Park, the gators, including the 12 rescued at the park, stick their noses up through the ice so they're able to breathe, then they hibernate.
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"They didn't care. They're just doing their thing", said Howard. "Pretty awesome. ... Look at those teeth".
If the alligators didn't keep their snouts above the water surface, they'd perish in about 24 hours ― the maximum amount of time they can stay underwater without coming up for air.
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On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw. He just wants to make them more comfortable while they wait out the cold.
They even have a plan to survive freezing conditions.
Experts say that alligators nearly instinctively know when the pond is about to freeze over. On this, the park has said in reference to experts that crocodiles get the feel of the changes in the weather. "They nearly look like cypress knees a little bit from afar". "It just so happened southeastern North Carolina recently had a freeze like none other, so the ice literally froze right around their snouts".
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