Never Pull a Frozen Crocodile Out of Ice

In january 2018 a massive blizzard hit the east coast of the united states despite the work of meteorologists no one expected the consequences to be that bad hundreds of canceled flights car accidents multi-million dollar losses and 300 000 people were left without power only alligators knew of the impending disaster they froze themselves so the cold wouldn’t kill them. George Howard- the manager of the Swamp Park, which features an alligator preserve in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. the first time he saw them,he thought the odd-shaped humps protruding from his iced-over swamp were tree stumps.
But somehow that didn’t seem right. He strained his eyes. They were tree stumps with teeth? He hopped the fence and clambered onto the pond, running toward the exposed alligator snouts. But, what could he do? The alligators were locked in the ice and immobile.
“I was like, holy crap, should I try to get them out of there?” Howard told The Washington Post.
But before he launched into an impromptu ice excavation, he decided some scientific research was in order, or at least some hurried googling. Relief washed over him as the search results loaded: His alligators were alive. They were surviving in the freezing water by sticking their snouts through the ice. Howard’s worry was replaced with another emotion: astonishment. When it starts getting cold, the alligators submerge most of their bodies in the shallow water, then stick their noses up in the air in anticipation of the freeze ahead, creating a little hole to breathe through. Once the water freezes, the ice sticks to their snouts, locking the gator-cicles in place while their bodies dangle below the surface.
Trying to save the alligators would have killed them it’s like trying to move a person who suffered a serious back injury before the ambulance arrives by the way don’t do that and even though there’s nothing wrong with the alligator spine they escape the cold by immersing themselves in the water because it’s much warmer if the animal ends up outside the water at the wrong moment the combination of frost wet skin and cold bloodedness will instantly kill it.
Now, People know what’s going on in the ice: When the alligators go under, they enter what’s called “brumation” — like hibernation but for the coldblooded — and their bodies almost entirely shut down. All they need to do is breathe. It basically shut down their metabolism. They doen’t need to eat because they’re not burning a lot of energy. They slow down their heart rate, their digestive system, and they just sit there and wait out the cold weather. It’s a pretty amazing adaptation.”
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