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Alligators survive freezing waters by poking noses through ice

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

And, when the weather warmed up, the alligators went right back to sunbathing to increase their internal body temperatures.

Footage shared the the Shallotte River Swamp Park's Facebook page showed a handful of the cold-blooded reptiles breathing through the gaps created by their snouts in a pond frozen by a brutal cold spell that gripped the US last week. "So, what happens when the water or air temperature is too low for them to be active?"

But that thing poking through the ice is actually an alligator's snout!

The cold-blooded animals essentially allow themselves to be frozen in place, with their noses just above the surface, according to a video posted on Facebook by Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach. Alligators will go into a state of brumation. "(It's) just an absolute unbelievable survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today".

Experts from the Shallotte River Swamp Park explained how it's all possible.

Now you know. See ya later, alligator!

"It's a survival mechanism", George Howard, the general manager of the park, told local reporters on Tuesday, "They'll go wherever it is warmest". Turns out they stick their noses through the ice to survive. Most are found in the southeastern corner of the state.

However, two alligators were run over by vehicles near Charlotte this past summer, and both died.