Alligators use weird - and creepy - ancient ritual to survive NC's arctic blast

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

It can be seen from online videos and pictures that the ice hardened around the gators' snouts with their bodies suspended in the water.

"They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they're doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over, they can still breath", Howard said.

When the temperature gets warm again and the ice melts, the alligators will then start thermoregulating their body temperatures.

The Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina posted an fantastic video showing their rescued American Alligators. "It just so happened southeastern North Carolina recently had a freeze like none other, so the ice literally froze right around their snouts". They're in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation.

The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice. "Pretty fantastic. ... Look at those teeth".

You don't have to wonder any longer thanks to the folks at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Brunswick County. At least not while the water is still frozen around them.

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

"No, they will not respond", the park said in a Facebook post. Experts said they believed the alligators may have been pets released by their former owners.

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