So, the alligators are frozen in place with their snouts poking out of the ice to be able to continue to breathe. Alligators, he explained, don't like subfreezing temperatures any more than warmblooded humans, and when faced with such extremes they go into survival mode.
Footage shared the the Shallotte River Swamp Park's Facebook page showed a handful of the cold-blooded reptiles breathing through the gaps created by their snouts in a pond frozen by a brutal cold spell that gripped the USA last week.
The park later posted an update video on January 9 to show the alligators swimming around after the ice had thawed.
A North Carolina animal park is showing how alligators survive in frozen waters, by keeping their nostrils above the surface.
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Howard said technically the American alligators' form of hibernation is called brumation.
The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice.
"Just shows you how smart they are, and how unbelievable 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.
"No, they will not respond", the park said in a Facebook post. Turns out they stick their noses through the ice to survive. Experts said they believed the alligators may have been pets released by their former owners.