A female alligator typically lays between 35 to 50 eggs at one time according to the Smithsonian Institute. She can, however, lay up to 90 eggs.Know More
Prior to laying eggs, a female alligator first builds a nest. This nest measures up to 10 feet in diameter and 3 feet high. In late June and early July, the female alligator will lay her eggs, which then incubate for approximately 65 days. The incubation temperature determines if the offspring will be male or female with temperatures above 93 degrees Fahrenheit resulting in all males.
Before the offspring hatches, they start to make noises within the eggs. The mother will then remove the nesting materials. Once born, approximately 80 percent of young alligators die due to predators such as birds.Learn more about Alligators
Adult alligators have few predators other than humans, but they sometimes kill and eat each other. However, young alligators less than 4 feet long are killed by birds, raccoons, bobcats, otters, snakes, large bass and other alligators. Raccoons are also known to eat alligator eggs.Full Answer >
The largest alligator ever caught in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches. The largest alligator ever reported was found in Louisiana, and it measured 19 feet 3 inches.Full Answer >
Alligators are not mammals, they are reptiles. Alligators do not have hair or fur like mammals, but are instead covered in scales, nor do they nurse their young with milk. Additionally alligators are cold-blooded, rather than warm-blooded like mammals.Full Answer >
The largest alligator ever killed in Louisiana was approximately 14 feet and 8 inches long with a weight of 880 pounds. The alligator was caught by four hunters, Jarrett Janus, Justin Wells, Ryan Haltom and Tommy Brass, in Chalk Creek.Full Answer >