Alligators poke noses out from under ice to survive cold

Alligators poke noses out from under ice to survive cold

Alligators poke noses out from under ice to survive cold

The video shows several alligators in the slushy, icy water with their nostrils in the air at the Ocean Isle Beach park.

Alligators have a unique way of surviving cold weather - and a video captured exactly how they do it.

"These guys are diehard just awesome survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said. 'Pretty unbelievable. ... Look at those teeth. The rest of their body will suspend in the water during this time.

On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how fantastic of a creature they are".

Alligators poke noses out from under ice to survive cold

"They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they're doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over, they can still breath", Howard said. Experts said it's not likely the animal will react. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water". On behalf of the park it was said that there will be no response from alligators in such a situation, because they are putting their energy in the right place to correct their body temperature.

The cold-blooded reptiles cannot generate their own body heat, but they can regulate it by changing their environment in a system called brumation.

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


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