The alligator's awesome ability to survive freezing temperatures

Shallotte River Swamp Park

The Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina posted an fantastic video showing their rescued American Alligators.

"When alligators aren't sunbathing, they'll spend the other half of their life in water". Alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach were seen beating the frigid waters by keeping their nostrils above the surface while the rest of their bodies were frozen below.

With their bodies on ice, alligators go into a state of dormancy called torpor in which their metabolism slows considerably.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how incredible it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", park owner Linda McMullan wrote on Facebook.

"They can sense temperature changes and will stick their noses out of the water to breathe", Howard said.

Once it becomes warm and the ice melts, the creatures thermoregulate their body temperatures to their regular state. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters. And then I realized as I saw some teeth that, oh my gosh, these guys are poking their heads up out of the water.

You don't have to wonder any longer thanks to the people at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Brunswick County.

According to Howard, this is completely normal as a survival mechanism for alligators.

"It's not a concern whatsoever", he said.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how awesome it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook.

The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice.

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