Alligators make do in frozen zoo enclosure in 'amazing' display of survival


Frozen alligators are this winter’s top attraction in North Carolina

Footage captured by the staff of the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina shows the somewhat surreal survival technique employed by the cold-blooded reptiles which allows them to be frozen in place in the park's pond.

Videos showing the alligators "just hanging out in the water", have garnered tens of thousands of views since they were published over the weekend. "So, what happens when the water or air temperature is too low for them to be active?"

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.

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

The reptiles will then drop down to the bottom of a body of water, where they can hold their breath for up to 24 hours.

Ever wonder how alligators deal with frigid temperatures?

The report also states that the Shallotte River Swamp Park where the video was filmed is a 65-acre sanctuary for "dozens" of rescued alligators in captivity. But fortunately for them they have quite the tactic to survive the frozen waters. Temperatures at the park have warmed up lately, freeing the gators from the icy pond. "And it made sense immediately why they were doing it".

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