Ice, Ice, Gator? Alligators poke nose through ice to survive

Alligator peaking head through ice. (Photo: Shallotte River Swamp Park)

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Well this is something you don’t see everyday! Alligators in Brunswick County can be seen poking their nose through a sheet of ice. Experts say they do that so they can stay alive.

Shallotte River Swamp Park posted the videos of rescued American alligators as they pop their head through the ice just enough to breathe. Experts say they are in a state of brumation which is like hibernation.

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While it’s hard to believe they are able to survive the icy conditions but animal experts say they are very much alive and doing okay. Once the ice melts though, they will likely come out of the water to sunbathe and warm up.

Shallotte River Swamp Park posted on their website that reptiles are vertebrate animals that include snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators. They tend to have dry leathery scaly skin, and lay soft-shelled eggs on land. They are cold-blooded, and rely upon the sun to increase their body temperature. This increase will stimulate their metabolism (ectothermic).   

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