Ever wonder how alligators survive during icy weather?

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

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.

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. The cold-blooded reptiles do not have the ability to generate their own body heat but they lower down their body temperature and metabolism to survive the freezing waters.

A North Carolina rescue group posted a video showing the unusual way their their alligators survive in icy conditions.

When the temperature drops lower than 40 degrees, as it has across the country in recent days, alligators go in to a hibernation-like state called brumation.

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"These guys are diehard just fantastic survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said. "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water".

When it gets warm again and the ice melts, the alligators will start thermoregulating their body temperatures. "And it made sense immediately why they were doing it". He said he posted the videos because it's a great learning experience for the public.

All of the alligators in the park have been rescued from captivity and therefore can not go back to the wild.

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