With both male and female, they are ready to mate they are about six feet lang. After spending several weeks together in courtship, the two immediately return to their own territory. (They are very territorial) two months after mating, the female makes a nest of sticks, leaves and mud. In ti she lays 30 to 50 eggs. When the alligators hatch they are black and yellow splotched and only eight or nine inches long. They instinctively head for the water and soon leave the area. There is no loyalty in their blood. If an adult alligator hears a baby cry in distress it will rescue the baby hoping that what ever is distressing the younger one will be suitable for them to eat.
American Alligators live in Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana. They live in salt free and pollution free water. If there is a trace of either in the water the Alligator will try and find another home. They can live in lakes, ponds ,rivers, canals, swamps, etc. . . In times of drought the American Alligator can create its own pond by choosing a swampy area and swishing its tail and biting the mud and plants. As time goes on the alligator will make improvements.
People were the alligators only predator. Now the American alligator is protected. American Alligators are one of few species to move from the endangered list down to the threatened. They could be off the list completely but because of the similarity in appearance with the American Crocodile, which is at great risk, the American Alligator is still protected.
The American Alligator will eat any thing small it can catch such as frogs, mink, fish, birds, muskrat, dogs, rabbits, snakes, and turtles.
American alligators are scaly reptiles with impenetrable hide on their back in contrast with their soft white bellies. American Alligators range in uniform color from green to blue-gray to black. The American alligator's eyes and nostrils are raised above the rest of their body so that they can swim under water with their main senses exposed for easier hunting. They have a third clear eyelid which they close under water for better eyesight.
Date Updated: January 18, 2001