Alligators do not hibernate during winter, but they do brummate. Brummate is when an alligator slows down its metabolic rate, but doesn't enter a state of hibernation.Know More
Alligators are cold-blooded animals and prefer warm weather and warm water temperatures. In areas where winters are cold, alligators will try to stay submerged in water or find a burrow to rest. These areas provide less temperature changes than being out in the open air and can help the alligator retain warmth.
When alligators brummate they remain very still. Many will lie near the bottom of their burrow, only surfacing to breathe. Some float on top the water or lie on vegetation during the coldest parts of winter.Learn more about Alligators
According to LiveScience, the only natural enemies of alligators 4 feet or larger are other alligators. Before reaching this size, young alligators are preyed upon by raccoons, bobcats and wading birds, among other animals. Human-related activities, such as poaching and territorial encroachment, remain threats.Full Answer >
American alligators are 8 to 12 inches long at birth and grow 2 to 12 inches per year depending upon the habitat, food source and sex of the alligator. The size and age of the alligator affect alligators' growth as well, with older, larger alligators growing more slowly.Full Answer >
Around 1.25 million alligators live in Florida, which is equal to a little more than 20 percent of the entire American alligator population in the United States. Alligators living in Florida are found in freshwater environments like rivers, ponds, swamps, wetlands and marshes.Full Answer >
Sometimes referred to as "living fossils," alligators have existed for millions of years. Alligators are reptiles and can sometimes be confused with crocodiles, which are part of the same order, Crocodylia.Full Answer >