Howard says the gators' form of hibernation is called brumation, which is when they lower their body temperatures and metabolism so they can survive.
The "bomb cyclone" that froze the eastern seaboard of the United States last week forced many to take extreme measures to stay warm and stay alive, including a group of rather inventive alligators in North Carolina.
"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 incredible survival technique", Howard said. It can be seen from online videos and pictures that the ice hardened around the gators' snouts with their bodies suspended in the water.
All of the alligators in the park have been rescued from captivity and therefore can not go back to the wild.
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"I looked around and I was like 'hmmm what is that poking up out of the water?' They nearly look like cypress trees a little bit from afar". This includes two alligators that were used as "guard animals" by N.C. drug dealers.
As for what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator, experts said it's not likely the animal will react.
"It's a survival mechanism", George Howard, the general manager of the park, told local reporters on Tuesday, "They'll go wherever it is warmest".
Now you know. See ya later, alligator! Most are found in the southeastern corner of the state.