WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Alligators in North Carolina exhibited an interesting survival behavior this week - allowing water to freeze around them with their snouts above the ice.
The Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach posted pictures of the ensconced reptiles Thursday.
According to The Charlotte Observer, experts say the adaptation disproves the long standing belief that alligators are prevented from migrating north due to cold temperatures.
Park manager George Howard tells the Observer the animals sense when the water is about to freeze and they poke their noses above the surface of the water "at just the right moment."
The alligators did the same thing last winter and were unharmed, Howard said.