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
Of the many giant crocodiles and alligators that lived in prehistoric times, the largest may have been Sarcosuchus, a distant relative of the modern crocodile that lived 112 million years ago. While a complete skeleton does not exist, estimates based on intact Sarcosuchus skulls suggest that individuals may have grown as long as 36 to 39 feet in total length and weighed as much as 18,000 pounds.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 >
The scientific name of the American alligator is Alligator mississippiensis, while the scientific name for the Chinese alligator is Alligator sinensis. The American alligator is part of the Crocodilia order and the Alligatoridae family, and it can be found in the Southern United States.Full Answer >
Alligators can stay underwater for up to 24 hours if they need to, although most only stay submerged for 20 to 30 minutes. The alligator's body is specially developed to stay beneath the water if the circumstances call for it.Full Answer >