Alligators stick snouts through ice to survive freezing conditions, swamp park says

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

Alligators stick snouts through ice to survive freezing conditions, swamp park says

This case has emerged in from Shallotte River Swamp Park, located 200 miles south of Charlotte.

The Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach posted a series of YouTube videos, explaining how their rescued reptiles survive in cold temperatures.

"These guys are diehard just incredible survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said.

Videos showing the alligators "just hanging out in the water", have garnered tens of thousands of views since they were published over the weekend. 'Pretty fantastic. ... Look at those teeth.

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"This is the time of year when they're just hanging out and waiting for it to get warm", says the person narrating the video. "It is not abnormal for them [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe". The creatures lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive.

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. He just wants to make them more comfortable while they wait out the cold. Experts said it's not likely the animal will react.

"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". 'They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature'.

North Carolina is the furthest north the alligator species would travel.

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