In the U.S. state of North Carolina the cold made the alligators hibernate in the water.
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Reptiles stick out the front of the jaws to the surface to breathe. The impression that they are literally frozen into the ice formed on the pond’s surface.
A way to wait out the frost became famous due to George Howard, the superintendent of the reserve Swamp Park in ocean Isle beach, home to 18 alligators. At first he thought that the snout of alligators is hemp. Only after he realized that the tips of the jaws of reptiles. However, it scared him because he didn’t know if they are alive.
“Such wild things in my life, I’ve never seen. I was amazed, and then realized what they do, and that’s the only way that allows them to breathe. And I thought, how clever they received,” he told The Washington Post Howard.
Scientists don’t know how and when warmth-loving alligators have learned to survive this way in the conditions of cold weather. Professor of biology University of North Florida Adam Rosenblatt believes that reptiles have acquired this habit not by repetition, and instinct in the process of natural selection.
Meanwhile, earlier in Indonesia a female biologist eaten alive by a crocodile.