Alligators, he explained, don't like subfreezing temperatures any more than warmblooded humans, and when faced with such extremes they go into survival mode.
In the video that is making rounds on internet, it is being told that how the crocodile remains alive in frozen water. "You can see it melting around the nostrils there", George Howard says in the video, showing close ups of the alligators' snouts sticking through the ice.
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.
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Howard said technically the American alligators' form of hibernation is called brumation. "This is where a reptile's metabolism slows down dramatically and will go into a lethargic state".
If the alligators didn't keep their snouts above the water surface, they'd perish in about 24 hours ― the maximum amount of time they can stay underwater without coming up for air.
Once warmer weather returns and melts the ice, the alligators will thermoregulate their body temperatures with a spot of sunbathing. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how incredible of a creature they are". 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. According to park officials, it's not out of the ordinary - they're just attempting to acclimating to the freezing conditions.More news: Crude Oil Soars Above USD63 For 3-Year High
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