Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures

Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures

Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures

A North Carolina park has posted video of alligators in a frozen NC river to help show people how the reptiles are surviving the winter storm that just came through the Carolinas.

"Just hanging out in the water there".

The video shows several alligators, frozen in place, their snouts just barely sticking out the water, allowing them to breathe until the river thaws out.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how incredible it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", park owner Linda McMullan wrote on Facebook.

Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures
Video shows how alligators cope with freezing temperatures

If the alligators didn't keep their snouts above the water surface, they'd perish in about 24 hours ― the maximum amount of time they can stay underwater without coming up for air. "It is not abnormal for them [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe".

They even have a plan to survive freezing conditions.

Experts also believe if someone mistakenly steps on these creatures, while they are frozen, the animals are most likely not going to react.

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. "They nearly look like cypress knees a little bit from afar". 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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