Alligators have been filmed in North Carolina trying to stay alive in a frozen pond by sticking their snouts through a sheet of ice.
Howard says they lower their body temperature and metabolism under water to survive. "It just so happened southeastern North Carolina recently had a freeze like none other, so the ice literally froze right around their snouts". According to park officials, it's not out of the ordinary - they're just attempting to acclimating to the freezing conditions.
According to Howard, this is completely normal as a survival mechanism for alligators.
Ever wonder how alligators deal with frigid temperatures? "I can't imagine it being very good for them if it was much over a week in cold water". The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard.
"Just shows you how smart they are, and how incredible it is to see them do this exact survival technique, no matter how horrific it looks to us humans", posted Linda McMullan on Facebook.
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