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Alligators stick snouts through ice to breathe in cold weather

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An official with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation said that the gators stick their snout just above the water to maintain an air hole so that they can breathe. (Courtesy: David Arbour/Oklahoma Department of Wildlife)

MCCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. (KOKH)--Alligators in McCurtain County, Oklahoma were seen icing as winter weather still remains in the state.

An official with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation said that the gators stick their snout just above the water to maintain an air hole so that they can breathe.

According to a Facebook post from the official, the alligators will not freeze if the water stays liquid.

Their snouts are cartilage so freezing does not hurt them.

They go into a state called brumation where they can still move and are aware of their surroundings.