Alligators Survive Icy Swamp Conditions in North Carolina


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — Animals do amazing things to survive in the wild.

“These guys are die-hard, just amazing, survivors and this is just one more example of that,” said George Howard of the Shallotte River Swamp Park.

In North Carolina, these alligators are sticking their noses through to ice to breathe.

The park’s 12 alligators have all been rescued from captivity and were found hibernating in the ice last Monday.

Howard says they lower their body temperature and metabolism under water to survive.

He admits when he first came to check on the alligators after it snowed, he didn’t realize it was their snouts sticking out of the water.

However, these swamp critters are saying “see ya later, alligator” to icy temps since temperatures reached nearly 60 degrees today.

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