Frozen alligators pop noses above icy water in North Carolina

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File photo. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Alligators preparing for the cold froze in place and popped their noses above icy water in a North Carolina swamp.

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Eighteen American alligators froze in place with their noses above the water in a state of brumanation, which is similar to hibernation, Shallotte River Swamp Park manager George Howard said.

Alligators at the 65-acre park have braved freezing temperatures before. Last January, the alligators froze and thawed out days later with no apparent injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.