Alligators poke noses through ice to survive the chill of winter

Alligators poke noses through ice to survive the chill of winter

The American alligator can survive water temperatures of negative 40 degrees and can hold their breath for one to 24 hours, the park said in a blog post.

Shallotte River Swamp Park shared incredible footage, on January 6, showing alligators encased in ice at the park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

"Just shows you how smart they are, and how fantastic it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", park owner Linda McMullan wrote on Facebook.

After the frost encloses them completely, except for their yappers, the alligators would slow down their metabolisms to conserve heat and energy.

They even have a plan to survive freezing conditions.

Alligators 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 poke noses through ice to survive the chill of winter

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.

"They can sense temperature changes and will stick their noses out of the water to breathe", Howard said.

Alligators may be cold-blooded creatures, but they're not exactly built for the icy temperatures that hit parts of the United States this week.

"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".

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

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