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

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

Alligators in North Carolina are dealing with the freezing temperatures by sticking their noses up through the ice to breathe.

Howard said technically the American alligators' form of hibernation is called brumation. Their metabolisms slow down dramatically and they become lethargic. The rest of their body will suspend in the water during this time.

"It's a survival mechanism", said George Howard, the general manager of the park.

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As for what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator, experts said it's not likely the animal will react. That's why you don't see indigenous alligators north of North Carolina. Turns out they stick their noses through the ice to survive. "Their bodies like the warmth".

The video has more than 200,000 views since the swamp park posted the video of the frozen alligators on Facebook on Sunday. Temperatures at the park have warmed up lately, freeing the gators from the icy pond. "They're out and doing their happy dance".

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

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