Alligators, encased in ice, endure North Carolina's cold snap

Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap

Amazing survival technique has alligators living through the East Coast cold snap

Alligators have a unique way of surviving cold weather - and a video captured exactly how they do it.

"(It's) just an absolute wonderful survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today", Howard said.

In the video, alligators can be seen literally frozen inside a pond. 'Pretty incredible. ... Look at those teeth.

After the frost encloses them completely, except for their yappers, the alligators would slow down their metabolisms to conserve heat and energy.

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On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw.

According to experts, alligators instinctively know when the water is about to freeze, and they respond by sticking their nose above the surface while the water freezes around. While it's hard to believe they are able to survive icy conditions, animal experts said they are very much alive and well. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how awesome of a creature they are". Once it becomes warm and the ice melts, the creatures will thermoregulate their body temperatures to their regular state.

Some users also questioned as to what would happen if someone steps on a frozen alligator.

Alligators in southeastern North Carolina poke their noses through ice to survive unusual winter chills battering east coast of the United States since last week.

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