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
Alligators reproduce via internal fertilization, mating at night and eventually laying 35 to 50 eggs in a small pit, which is then covered with a nest of decaying vegetation. About five times as many females are hatched as males after an incubation of 65 days, with the sex of offspring determined by temperature rather than genetic differences. The mother guards the eggs and digs them up as they begin hatching.Full Answer >
An alligator can run at a speed of 11 miles per hour for short distances. In water, alligators can swim at a speed of about 20 miles per hour.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >