This article will have some interesting facts about American Alligators. The American alligator was present in the world since the days of the dinosaurs, that were extinct for about 65 million years. Consequently, this makes the American alligator an early predator that lives in swamps, lakes, rivers and marshes in the south eastern areas of america. It’s a freshwater reptile which hibernates during winter. Besides Florida, this species of alligator can also be found in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Carolina and Louisiana.
A man American alligator can grow anywhere from 3.4 meters to 4.5 meters in length, while the feminine could be 2.5 meters to 3 meters. Almost half the length of the alligator is due to its long and powerful tail. An adult American alligator may be gray, olive, brown or nearly black in colour, while a hatchling is generally black with yellow stripes.
The American alligator is a carnivore that searches snakes, fish, Bat Poop, birds, small mammals and turtles. However, it’s also known to eat carrion occasionally, especially when there’s a lack of prey. Hatchlings usually reside on insects, tadpoles, small fish and frogs.
The male will entice the females by making bellowing sounds, and occasionally, it may also use infrasound. The nest is made by the female using leaves and plant. The female then covers the eggs with more leaves and plant to make sure that the eggs are stored at optimal temperature for hatching.
Temperature where an alligator egg hatches determines the sex of the hatchling. Any temperature that’s in between, will lead to a mixture of female and male.
At birth, a baby American alligator is about six to eight inches in length. It’s totally independent, but it remains with the mother for about 2 decades.
The life span of an American alligator is approximately 30 to 35 years in the wild. In captivity, the lifespan increases to over 50 years.