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The alligator's wonderful ability to survive freezing temperatures

10 January, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Right before the surface freezes the alligator sticks its snout out of the water so it can keep breathing

"They didn't care. They're just doing their thing", said Howard.

Video posted to YouTube shows alligators surviving frigid North Carolina waters by keeping their nostrils above the surface. "Pretty incredible. ... Look at those teeth".

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.

On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw. The creatures lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive.

They stick their mouths out of the water and allow the water to freeze around them. He just wants to make them more comfortable while they wait out the cold. Since they're cold-blooded, they rely on the sun to warm them up which increases their body temperature.

The alligators seem to know when it's about to freeze.

The video, which received 104,000 views as of Monday night, led many viewers to asks what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator. According to experts, it's not likely the animal will react in such a situation, at least not while the water was still frozen around it.

"I looked around and I was like 'hmmm what is that poking up out of the water?' They nearly look like cypress trees a little bit from afar".

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.

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