Here's how alligators survive frozen swamps

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

Here's how alligators survive frozen swamps

A video from the Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina has gone viral has it shows how a cold-blooded alligator survives when a pond freezes over.

Apparently, the alligators have a natural instinct that kicks in that lets them know when the river is about to freeze. The videos show the park's rescued alligators with their nostrils poking through the ice. While it's hard to believe they are able to survive icy conditions, animal experts said they are very much alive and well. 'Pretty awesome. ... Look at those teeth.

As evident in the footage, the beasts allow themselves to be frozen, but before that happens, they stick their nose up in the air in order to breath.

"These guys are diehard just wonderful survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said. He just wants to make them more comfortable while they wait out the cold.

- American alligators are proving why they are considered survival machines during the winter weather. In extreme cases, they get frozen into the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free when the ice melts.

"I looked around and I was like 'hmmm what is that poking up out of the water?' They nearly look like cypress trees a little bit from afar".

After nearly being eradicated in the early 20th century, alligators have made a comeback in North Carolina.

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