Breathtaking video shows group of alligators surviving frozen NC river

Michele Moreno
January 10, 2018

Shallotte River Swamp Park shared incredible footage, on January 6, showing alligators encased in ice at the park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

The gators are able to sense the moment when the water is going to freeze, at which point they stick their noses out and allow the surface to freeze around them, as if that were only a minor inconvenience.

In the video, alligators can be seen literally frozen inside a pond.

Howard said technically the American alligators' form of hibernation is called brumation. But unlike mammals that hibernate, gators don't go into a deep sleep. "This is where a reptile's metabolism slows down dramatically and will go into a lethargic state".

"I looked around and I was like, 'Hmm, what is that poking up out of the water?'" Howard said.

How have alligators dealt with the freezing temperatures that hit our area? The folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park used a series of Facebook posts to show the public how these reptiles survive the frosty conditions

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

"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said.

Bone-chilling arctic air has created unsafe conditions for a large portion of the U.S. and has resulted in at least 18 deaths since the beginning of the new year, including four in North Carolina traffic accidents and three in Texas.

The latest video of the "alligators on ice" posted Monday received more than 150,000 views at the time of publishing this article. The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard.

Now you know. See ya later, alligator!

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