Incredible Footage Shows Alligators In USA Pushing Snouts Through Ice To Survive
10 January, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Katrina Soto
These alligators look like they're stuck in frozen water, but their noses surfaced to the top right before the water became ice.
"They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they're doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over, they can still breath", Howard told WECT-TV. The residents of a North Carolina city have had the change of witnessing a breathtaking display of biological prestidigitation - frozen alligators.
It's loosely equated to a mammal's hibernation.
"In that state, they are still alive, still moving, but very lethargic", Howard said, describing torpor. The cold-blooded reptiles do not have the ability to generate their own body heat but they lower down their body temperature and metabolism to survive the freezing waters.
"These guys are diehard just unbelievable survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said.
"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said. At least not while the water is still frozen around them.
Well, here's something you truly don't see every day. alligators living in ice! "Their bodies like the warmth".
The folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park used a series of Facebookposts to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions. Temperatures at the park have warmed up lately, freeing the gators from the icy pond. The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard.
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