Alligators Have The Most Bizarre Way Of Surviving In A Frozen Pond

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2018

The Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina posted an wonderful video showing their rescued American Alligators. The video shows one alligator completely frozen in place with their snout poking out of the ice so they can breathe, thus allowing them to keep their bodies under water and not have to get out into the cold surface.

If they need to breathe, the alligators can poke their nostrils right above the water. Alive or not, seeing a motionless alligator's snout popping out of a frozen over pond looks more like a scene out of a B-grade horror film than a natural occurrence.

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. Once it becomes warm and the ice melts, the creatures will thermoregulate their body temperatures to their regular state.

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Howard said technically the American alligators' form of hibernation is called brumation. "Pretty awesome. ... Look at those teeth".

All of the alligators in the park have been rescued from captivity and therefore can not go back to the wild.

You don't have to wonder any longer thanks to the folks at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Brunswick County. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters. In a blog post, experts explained that alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees. Most are found in the southeastern corner of the state.

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