Video shows alligators surviving frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air

The video shows several of the alligators sticking their noses through the icy cover of the water.

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.

According to experts, the alligators instinctively know when the water is about to freeze and before that happens they stick their noses over the surface.

The ice in finally beginning to melt away, and soon these guys will be saying "see ya later alligator" to hibernation and the cold temps. The alligators then enter "a state of brumation, like hibernating".

"This is where a reptile's metabolism slows down dramatically and will go into a lethargic state", experts say in the blog.

The alligators went into the water last week during the "bomb cyclone" that hit the East coast.

"(It's) just an absolute wonderful survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today", Howard said.

"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said. He just wants to make them more comfortable while they wait out the cold.

After nearly being eradicated in the early 20th century, alligators have made a comeback in North Carolina.

But fear not, animal lovers.

This case has emerged in from Shallotte River Swamp Park, located 200 miles south of Charlotte. The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard.

"It made sense immediately why they were doing it".


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