- Alligators have been around the Earth for more than 200 million years
- A video shows how alligators adopt to the icy condition of the weather
- Alligators stick their noses out above frozen water during hibernation
How do some reptiles react to freezing temperatures? Alligators from North Carolina have demonstrated a particularly interesting method about their amazing survival skills that suggest how are they still around for nearly 200 million years.
As temperatures plunged across the United States late last week, a general manager of Shallotte River Swamp Park, George Howard, decided to visit the area.
He was surprised with what he saw. At first he thought it was cypress trees but he was wrong. He then realized that it was the noses of alligators sticking out of the ice.
“I looked around and I was like hmmm what is that poking up out of the water, they almost look like cypress trees a little bit from afar. And then I realized as I saw some teeth that, oh my gosh, these guys are poking their heads up out of the water. And it made sense immediately why they were doing it,” he said.
“It’s interesting to see them 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 breathe but just an absolute amazing survival technique,” Howard said.
Alligators lower their body temperature and metabolism under water to survive. They stick their noses out above frozen water during their hibernation.
Watch the video via Shallote River Swamp Parks Facebook account.
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Posted by Shallotte River Swamp Park on Sunday, January 7, 2018