Here's How Frozen Alligators Survived Last Week's Winter Blast
Jan 10, 2018, 00:32
Apparently, the alligators have a natural instinct that kicks in that lets them know when the river is about to freeze. "(It's) just an absolute incredible survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today".
"These guys are diehard just wonderful survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said.
In the video, an alligator is seen sticking its snout out of a frozen swamp. "Pretty awesome. ... This is the time of year when they are just hanging out and waiting for it to get warm".
With their bodies on ice, alligators go into a state of dormancy called torpor in which their metabolism slows considerably.
A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video how alligators survive in a frozen pond.
With the brutally cold temperatures affecting a good portion of the country, many people and animals are struggling to stay warm; including alligators. "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature". Once it becomes warm and the ice melts, the creatures will thermoregulate their body temperatures to their regular state.
The video, which received 104,000 views as of Monday night, led many viewers to asks what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator.
The American alligator can survive water temperatures of negative 40 degrees and can hold their breath for one to 24 hours, the park said in a blog post. The residents of a North Carolina city have had the change of witnessing a breathtaking display of biological prestidigitation - frozen alligators.
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