Alligators ‘Frozen’ In Swamp Show Off Their Cold-Blooded, Prehistoric Survival Skills

by Melissa Castellanos Published Jan 11, 2018
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If you have ever been up close (hopefully not too close!) to an alligator, such as The Everglades in Florida, then you have seen these toothy, prehistoric beasts in their element, peering over the warm, swampy water’s surface. Yet, chances are you have never seen an alligator “frozen” in a swamp – well that is until now…

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Posted by Shallotte River Swamp Park on Sunday, January 7, 2018

An incredible video shows just how impressive these reptilians’ survival skills are as their snouts are poking out of a frozen swamp in North Carolina.  The Shallotte River Swamp Park posted the jaw-dropping video on YouTube, which soon went viral, featuring the amazing abilities of their rescued alligators.

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Posted by Shallotte River Swamp Park on Friday, January 5, 2018

Comparable to an “alligator graveyard” or “a cryogenic lab for reptiles,” the chilly scene doesn’t seem real at first until you hear the narrator explain that they are alive and well and are in a state of hibernation called brumation. The cold-blooded gators are able to lower their body temperature and metabolism to survive the freezing conditions. To further ensure their survival as mentioned, they stick their snouts above the water’s surface so that they’re able to breathe during brumation, according to George Howard, the manager at the swamp park.

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Posted by Shallotte River Swamp Park on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

( H/T iflscience.com )

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