The cold-blooded animals essentially allow themselves to be frozen in place, with their noses just above the surface, according to a video posted on Facebook by Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach.
"Just hanging out in the water there".
It might look like these gators made a big mistake in judgement, but it's actually a pretty clever trick they use to breathe, and experts say it's sort of like hibernation.
On Tuesday, the animal sanctuary posted a second update, showing the ice beginning to thaw.
They stick their mouths out of the water and allow the water to freeze around them. Alligators will go into a state of brumation. When it gets warm again and the ice melts, the alligators will start thermoregulating their body temperatures.
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The park has 12 gators rescued from captivity now hibernating in the ice.
Now you know. See ya later, alligator!
George Howard, the park's general manager, told HuffPost that while the frozen alligators in the video appear to be casualties of Old Man Winter, they're very much alive and well.
"Obviously, that is not optimal, being frozen like that", he said. At least not while the water is still frozen around them.
After nearly being eradicated in the early 20th century, alligators have made a comeback in North Carolina.