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Viral Video of Frozen Alligators Spreads Like Wildfire Online

January 22 2018, 12:35 | Irvin Gilbert

Viral Video of Frozen Alligators Spreads Like Wildfire Online

Video shows alligators surviving frigid, freezing North Carolina water by keeping their nostrils in the air

Ocean Isle Beach, a quaint little town from North Carolina, victor of the Best Restored Beach award of 2008 and not to mention the home of the Shallotte River Park Swamp, where alligators are as common as dandelions on a field.

"When alligators aren't sunbathing, they'll spend the other half of their life in water".

They stick their mouths out of the water and allow the water to freeze around them.

The animals are experiencing brumation, a process cold-blooded animals go through that lowers their metabolism so they can survive cold climates, similar to warm-blooded mammals' hibernation.

Alligators in southeastern North Carolina poke their noses through ice to survive unusual winter chills battering east coast of the United States since last week.

"In that state, they are still alive, still moving, but very lethargic", Howard said, describing torpor.

"These guys are diehard just unbelievable survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said.

The reptiles will then drop down to the bottom of a body of water, where they can hold their breath for up to 24 hours.

After nearly being eradicated in the early 20th century, alligators have made a comeback in North Carolina. "Their bodies like the warmth". The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard.

Residents in North Carolina are getting a front row seat to alligators on ice. Some wondered if the alligators were employing a survival mechanism. "And it made sense immediately why they were doing it".



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