Alligators survive United States brutal cold by poking noses through ice

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

A video from the Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina has gone viral has it shows how a cold-blooded alligator survives when a pond freezes over.

"They seem to be doing fairly well", said an expert from the park who was watching the alligators poke their noses out of the frozen river.

These alligators look like they're stuck in frozen water, but their noses surfaced to the top right before the water became ice.

George Howard, the park's general manager, told HuffPost that while the frozen alligators in the video appear to be casualties of Old Man Winter, they're very much alive and well. 'Pretty awesome. ... Look at those teeth. Officials with the park say when the water or air temperature is too low for them to be active, they go into a state of brumation, similar to hibernation.

The Swamp Park One of the rescued alligators peeking his nose through the ice at Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina in an undated
The Swamp Park One of the rescued alligators peeking his nose through the ice at Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina in an undated

"I looked around and I was like, 'Hmm, what is that poking up out of the water?'" Howard said. "Often during this time, an alligator will stay at the bottom of a body of water".

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

The video, which received 104,000 views as of Monday night, led many viewers to asks what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator.

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

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