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Videos show cold-blooded alligators in brumation to survive winter months

Videos show cold-blooded alligators in brumation to survive winter months

During the winter months, American alligators go into a state of brumation, the cold-blooded version of hibernation. David Arbour/Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. hide caption toggle caption David Arbour/Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. During the winter months, American alligators go into a state of brumation, the cold-blooded version of hibernation. David Arbour/Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Last week, it was so cold in Beaumont, Texas — with lows of 18 degrees Fahrenheit — that alligators across the area were found frozen underwater, while still breathing. A viral Tiktok video captured footage of one of those alligators completely submerged in frozen water except for its snout, which had broken through the ice. “The American alligator knew he was going to freeze last night. So what he does is … stuck his nose out the water and let the ice freeze around his nose,” said TikTok user eddiehanhart123, who posted the video. While it might be a strange sight, this is completely normal behavior for alligators. To survive icy winters, alligators go into a state similar to …