“Alligators in North Carolina went into a deep freeze this week as a blast of winter cold gripped the region.”
Gators at The Swamp Park froze in place with their noses sticking out of the ice so they can breathe. Their bodies dangle in the ice water below.
18 American alligators at the park froze Monday night and stayed frozen all day Tuesday.
The cold-blooded reptiles go into a hibernation-like called “brumation.”
The same phenomenon happened last winter, when gators in the 65-acre park and sanctuary froze with their noses sticking out of the swamp. Those alligators thawed out within days and had no apparent injuries.