Alligators In Frozen Lake Stick Their Noses Out Of The Ice For Survival

The freezing temperatures in the winters are even harsher in the Northern continents and their countries of higher latitudes. Freezing of l...

The freezing temperatures in the winters are even harsher in the Northern continents and their countries of higher latitudes. Freezing of lakes, snowfall, extremely low dying temperatures is a common thing in their countries. In these temperatures, the animals living in the wild too adjust tot he temperatures better than humans. Their adaptation abilities surpass us humans by leaps and bounds.


Swamp alligators at a US park were seen sticking their noses out of the water, which froze to ice. They are not declared dead. They are fully alive but are in a sleeping mode. The popularly known animal adaptation technique every winter is 'Hibernation'.


The adaptive mechanism is very popular in amphibians and mammals like bears in the permafrost regions of the world. The reptile version of Hibernation is called by another name. It is 'Brumation'. It is also a similar dormant period they undergo voluntarily.


The Brumation works in a way to save the lives of the reptiles from such extreme conditions. It is when these cold-blooded animals shut down their major bodily functions, slow down their heart rate and use little oxygen and little effort to be alive.

In a swamp named Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina, US, the alligators made themselves to freeze according to the surrounding temperatures. Their body temperatures go down very low, their metabolism slows down to the minimum and they can now survive the frozen state.


Even though this process is similar to Hibernation, the Brumated animals need to consume water and wake up once in a while during the dormancy. All the reptiles have this mechanism innate in them. Despite their comfortable temperatures, if their biological clock ticks, they get into Brumation period. Pet lizards and snakes can also get into Brumation.

Every type of reptile has a different way to get into Brumation. Some Tortoises burrow themselves deep into the land, garter snakes cuddle up to keep themselves warm and some even keep their heart rate to a bare minimum until warm weather comes up.

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