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Looking Back on the Time Cold Weather Froze Alligators in Ice

These alligators use their survival instincts and somehow stay alive while being frozen in ice.

Remember that bet you had with your buddy about touching an alligator on the nose? Well, here's your chance.

For the second year in a row, alligators finding themselves frozen in North Carolina swamps with their noses above the ice.

Last year, the Charlotte Observer reported that 18 American alligators in the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, froze Monday night and stayed that way all day Tuesday.

It's certainly not their favorite weather, as the cold-blooded American Alligator is partial to warmth and sunshine. For that reason, the alligators typically won't venture any farther north than North Carolina, which just happens to be where this wild video came from just last year.

What's most surprising about this video is that these alligators are all very much alive. Cold temperatures causes their entire bodies to slow down to a crawl. This survival mechanism allows the gators to deal with unexpected cold weather they might experience somewhere like North Carolina.

This brumation slows the metabolism of the gators so much that any food in their stomachs will go stagnant and likely rot . The animal's heart rate then slows and they exert only enough energy to survive. That often means they're working just hard enough to float at the surface with their nostrils free to breath.

This isn't the first time, and it likely won't be the last.

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