Alligators use freaky - and creepy - ancient ritual to survive NC's arctic blast

Incredible Footage Shows Alligators In USA Pushing Snouts Through Ice To Survive

Following an arctic blast, Shallotte River Swamp Park shared footage on January 7 of how their rescued alligators are surviving the bitter cold.

The video shows several alligators, frozen in place, their snouts just barely sticking out the water, allowing them to breathe until the river thaws out. Alligators, he explained, don't like subfreezing temperatures any more than warmblooded humans, and when faced with such extremes they go into survival mode. "So, what happens when the water or air temperature is too low for them to be active?"

The "bomb cyclone" that froze the eastern seaboard of the USA last week forced many to take extreme measures to stay warm and stay alive, including a group of rather inventive alligators in North Carolina.

When the temperature gets warm again and the ice melts, the alligators will then start thermoregulating their body temperatures. Alligators will go into a state of brumation.


All of the alligators in the park have been rescued from captivity and therefore can not go back to the wild. "Pretty wonderful. ... Look at those teeth". This includes two alligators that were used as "guard animals" by N.C. drug dealers.

George Howard, the park's general manager, told HuffPost that while the frozen alligators in the video appear to be casualties of Old Man Winter, they're very much alive and well.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how fantastic it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook. At least not while the water is still frozen around them. "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature". Alligators prefer the coastal creeks, ponds, wetlands and rivers that provide vast, interconnected habitats, experts said.

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