Frozen Gator Doesn't Care

Bet you still won't touch those teeth!

If you've ever wondered how alligators survive the coldest months of the year, you need to take a peek at these photos of gators in a frozen North Carolina pond. (Who thinks of North Carolina when they think of gators, by the way? It totally makes sense but the focus is always farther south.) It's amazing to see how the alligators survive!

They're not in hibernation, but brumation, where their metabolism slows so they can live in the water. Otherwise they're happy as long as the water is 40 degrees or higher. Since they can hold their breath for up to 24 hours, they may even stay at the bottomo of the water for that long.

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photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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