Hybernating Alligators Have to Poke Through Carolina Ice to Breath

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Hybernating Alligators Have to Poke Through Carolina Ice to Breath

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.

Alligators can hold their breath for up to 24 hours, according to the Swamp Park.

"When alligators aren't sunbathing, they'll spend the other half of their life in water".

When the water or air temperature falls too low for them to be active, Howard says alligators go into a hibernation-type state called brumation.

The freakish practice is apparently called brumation, a form of hibernation that allows alligators to regulate their body temperatures no matter the weather conditions, according to a report by the Bradenton Herald. "Pretty wonderful. ... Look at those teeth".

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The ice hardened around the gators' snouts with their bodies suspended in the water, said Howard. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water".

The 65-acre park and sanctuary has a dozen alligators, all of them "rescues" that were previously kept in captivity.

Now you know. See ya later, alligator!

"No, they will not respond", the park said in a Facebook post. Most are found in the southeastern corner of the state. Alligators prefer the coastal creeks, ponds, wetlands and rivers that provide vast, interconnected habitats, experts said.