Nosey North Carolina alligators survive icey winters in frozen pond!

Alligators can be seen surviving through icey winters in frozen waters in Ocean Isle Beach's Shallotte River Swamp Park, Tuesday, by sticking their snouts through the frozen ice to breath. With their noses just above the surface, the reptiles allow themselves to be frozen in place during the icey weather. According to local experts, the alligators instinctively sense when the pond is about to... Еще freeze over. In extreme cases, the reptiles allow themselves to be frozen in place for several days at a time before swimming free when the ice melts. The cold-blooded reptiles cannot generate their own body heat, but they can regulate it by changing their environment in a system called brumation. The creatures lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive. Mandatory Credit: Shallotte River Swamp Park — @shallotteriverswamppark

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