If the alligators didn't keep their snouts above the water surface, they'd perish in about 24 hours ― the maximum amount of time they can stay underwater without coming up for air. 'Pretty fantastic. ... Look at those teeth.
Despite this ingenious survival instinct, Howard said gators can't stay in icy water indefinitely.
The Swamp Park One of the rescued alligators peeking his nose through the ice at Shallotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina in an undated
Alligators have a unique way of surviving cold weather - and a video captured exactly how they do it.
"It's interesting to see them 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 breathe but just an absolute unbelievable survival technique", Howard said. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how awesome of a creature they are". In extreme cases, they get frozen into the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free when the ice melts.
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The rescued alligators are fine - they're cold-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature.
Some users also questioned as to what would happen if someone steps on a frozen alligator.
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Frozen alligators are this winter's top attraction in North Carolina.
North Carolina is the furthest north the alligator species would travel. "They nearly look like cypress knees a little bit from afar". Most are found in the southeastern corner of the state.
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