COOL VIDEO! Alligators poke their noses through ice to survive the cold

Video shows alligators surviving frigid, freezing North Carolina water by keeping their nostrils in the air

Footage taken by an NBC affiliate station showed a handful of the reptiles at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach breathing through gaps they created using their snouts in a pond that has been frozen by the brutal cold spell ravaging the United States.

Alligators in North Carolina are dealing with the freezing temperatures by sticking their noses up through the ice to breathe.

That's why, when a North Carolina park featuring gators froze over in recent days, they can be seen seemingly stuck in the ice.

The alligators seem to know when it's about to freeze.

Howard says the gators' form of hibernation is called brumation, which is when they lower their body temperatures and metabolism so they can survive.




The rescued alligators are fine - they're cold-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature.

"I looked around and I was like 'hmmm what is that poking up out of the water?' They nearly look like cypress trees a little bit from afar".

The park later posted an update video on January 9 to show the alligators swimming around after the ice had thawed.

"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how incredible it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook. In a blog post, experts explained that alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees.

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