Alligators use freakish - and creepy - ancient ritual to survive NC's arctic blast

Alligators use freakish - and creepy - ancient ritual to survive NC's arctic blast

Alligators use freakish - and creepy - ancient ritual to survive NC's arctic blast

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

That's why, when a North Carolina park featuring gators froze over in recent days, they can be seen seemingly stuck in the ice.

If they need to breathe, the alligators can poke their nostrils right above the water. Experts say once the alligators are able to breathe through the ice, they fall into a state of hibernation known as brumation by lowering their body temperatures and metabolism.

The weird practice is apparently called brumation, a form of hibernation that allows alligators to regulate their body temperatures no matter the weather conditions, according to a report by the Bradenton Herald. "(It's) just an absolute wonderful survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today".

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

The park later posted an update video on January 9 to show the alligators swimming around after the ice had thawed.

The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice.

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. At least not while the water is still frozen around them. That's four counties away from Charlotte.

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