Up to 50 years in the wild; Approximately 80 under human care
Females make a nest and lay from 20-50 eggs. Each egg weighs 2-3 oz each. Hatching occurs after 65 days of incubation.
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Females 10-12 ft; Males 13-15 ft
Up to 900 lbs
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9 - 10 in
Animal ambassador not usually on exhibit.
- Found in wetlands of the southeastern United States
- Small alligators hatchling eat insects, crabs, crayfish, small fish, frogs, snails and many other small prey. Larger alligators eat fish, turtles, mammals, snakes, crabs, crayfish, birds, insects and other alligators.
- If the temperature drops below 86˚ F, all eggs will turn out to be female alligators. If the temperature rises to 93˚ F or above, all eggs will turn out to be male. At 89.6˚, more than ¾ of the hatchlings are female.
- The nest is made of mounds of vegetation and mud that can rise 3.5 ft and twice as wide.
- The American Alligator can only withstand brackish water for short periods of time.
- Can tolerate colder temperatures than crocodiles
- They are the largest reptile in North America.
- Can go through 2000-3000 teeth in a lifetime.