How alligators survive in icy waters

News

North Carolina (WCMH)- With the brutally cold temperatures affecting a good portion of the country, many people, and animals, are struggling to stay warm; including alligators.

However, their method of staying warm and alive is a sight you may have to see to believe.

As you can see by the video above, the water at North Carolina’s Shallote River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach is frozen over.

But that thing poking through the ice is actually an alligator’s snout!

George Howard, the park’s general manager, tells WECT the gators stick their snouts up through the ice so they’re able to breathe.

The gators then hibernate.

Howard says the gators’ form of hibernation is called brumation, which is when they lower their body temperatures and metabolism so they can survive.

When the temperature gets warm again and the ice mel

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News Videos

Utah's top 10 most stolen vehicles

Thumbnail for the video titled "Utah's top 10 most stolen vehicles"

Community rocked after southeast Fresno shooting kills 4, injures 6 others

Thumbnail for the video titled "Community rocked after southeast Fresno shooting kills 4, injures 6 others"

Fresno Police gives update on mass shooting in Fresno

Thumbnail for the video titled "Fresno Police gives update on mass shooting in Fresno"

Rep. Jim Costa speaks on Fresno shooting

Thumbnail for the video titled "Rep. Jim Costa speaks on Fresno shooting"

Mexican shooting victims ready to file suit

Thumbnail for the video titled "Mexican shooting victims ready to file suit"

Idina Menzel: Elsa 'has been the greatest gift'

Thumbnail for the video titled "Idina Menzel: Elsa 'has been the greatest gift'"
More Video News

Don't Miss

Trending Stories