With their bodies on ice, alligators go into a state of dormancy called torpor in which their metabolism slows considerably.
According to Howard, this is completely normal as a survival mechanism for alligators.
As for what happens if someone steps on a frozen alligator, experts said it's not likely the animal will react. Turns out they stick their noses through the ice to survive. That's why you don't see indigenous alligators north of North Carolina.
But fear not, animal lovers. The water in the swamp was warmer than the air, explained Howard.
The cold snap may be over in North Carolina but have you ever wondered how alligators breathe when ponds and lakes are frozen over. "And it made sense immediately why they were doing it".
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