At first glance, footage showing alligators literally frozen in a North Carolina swamp might be alarming. But have no fear, these swamp-dwelling reptiles are experts at survival, and though they appear to have perished in the ice, they are very much alive.
The incredible footage was taken at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach in the midst of the recent cold snap which gripped areas of the nation which are typically exempt from the extreme cold.
The footage showing the alligators suspended in the ice is an example of their winter survival technique – the Swamp Park explained:
ABC News reported that the alligators at the park sought out the water as the extreme cold hit because the water is warmer than the air. The alligators motionless state is the reptile version of hibernation – for cold-blooded animals, this state of dormancy is known as “brumation.”
Check out the incredible video footage showing these “survival machines” at work, below:
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