Alligators Stick Noses Out Of Ice-Covered Swamp In North Carolina

A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video how alligators survive in a frozen pond.

The cold-blooded reptiles cannot generate their own body heat, but they can regulate it by changing their environment in a system called brumation. The creatures lower their body temperature and metabolism so they can survive.

Alligators essentially allow themselves to be frozen in place with their noses just above the surface, according to a video posted by Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach.

While it’s hard to believe they are able to survive the icy conditions, animal experts say they are very much alive and doing okay.