Alligator Noses Stick Out Above Frozen Water During the Winter

Apparently, the alligators have a natural instinct that kicks in that lets them know when the river is about to freeze.

"Pretty good reason why they have been around this long for millions of years", he says, and added they are doing well.

"I looked around and I was like, 'Hmm, what is that poking up out of the water?'" Howard said.

In a rarely seen occurrence, video released on Monday showed alligators trying to stay alive in a frozen North Carolina pond by sticking their snouts through the ice.

They stick their mouths out of the water and allow the water to freeze around them. They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation. "This is where a reptile's metabolism slows down dramatically and will go into a lethargic state".

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With the brutally cold temperatures affecting a good portion of the country, many people and animals are struggling to stay warm; including alligators.

The park later posted an update video on January 9 to show the alligators swimming around after the ice had thawed.

During the "bomb cyclone" that landed in eastern United States earlier last week, the alligators went into the water in the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach since it was warmer than the air.

Several users were shocked after watching the video, while some were concerned if the alligators were dead.

Some users also questioned as to what would happen if someone steps on a frozen alligator.

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