Alligators survive in frozen water by keeping nostrils in the air

Alligators beat ‘bomb cyclone’ by freezing themselves in place

Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina posted the video on Facebook.

Here's what alligators do in extreme cold, according to The Swamp Park in North Carolina, where video of these icy alligators was captured.

"They didn't care. They're just doing their thing", said Howard.

In the video, an alligator is seen sticking its snout out of a frozen swamp. "Pretty awesome. ... Look at those teeth".

The alligators went into the water last week during the "bomb cyclone" that hit the East coast.

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On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw. "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature".

When the water or air temperature falls too low for them to be active, Howard says alligators go into a hibernation-type state called brumation, where they lower their body temperatures and metabolisms in order to survive the cold.

George Howard, the park's general manager, told HuffPost that while the frozen alligators in the video appear to be casualties of Old Man Winter, they're very much alive and well. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how wonderful of a creature they are".

Some users also questioned as to what would happen if someone steps on a frozen alligator. Experts said it's not likely the animal will react. "They nearly look like cypress knees a little bit from afar".

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