Alligators Have The Most Bizarre Way Of Surviving In A Frozen Pond

A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video how alligators survive in a frozen pond. The cold-blooded reptiles cannot generate their own body heat but they can regulate it by changing their environment in a system

In this viral video from Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina, alligators are attempting to handle the changes to their natural habitat. So if they need to breathe, they poke their snouts through the top of the water or the ice to get some sunshine and some fresh air. They'll stick their nose above the surface at just the right moment and allow the water to freeze around it.

The ice in finally beginning to melt away, and soon these guys will be saying "see ya later alligator" to hibernation and the cold temps.

Video posted to YouTube shows alligators surviving frigid North Carolina waters by keeping their nostrils above the surface. "Pretty incredible. ... Look at those teeth".

The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice.

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

You don't have to wonder any longer thanks to the folks at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Brunswick County.

As for what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator, experts said it's not likely the animal will react.

"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", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook.

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.

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