Aug 19 2016

Animal of the week: A of Alligator

Scienntific name: Alligator

Mass: American alligator: 500 lbs, Chinese alligator: 79 lbs
Lifespan: American alligator: 30 – 50 years
Higher classification : Alligatorinae
Clutch size: American alligator: 20 – 50
Length:  American alligator: 11 – 15 ft., Chinese alligator: 4.9 ft
The nest can be up to ten feet (2.1 to 3 m) in diameter and up to three feet high. Around late June and early July, the female lays up to 90 eggs. The eggs are then covered with the vegetation nest through the 65-day incubation period.
When young, alligators eat fishinsectssnails, crustaceans, and worms. As they mature, they start eating larger animals, including larger fish such as gar, turtles, and various mammals,  coypu and muskrat, as well as birdsdeer, and other reptiles.
Their stomachs also often contain gizzard stones. Southern Florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live together. American alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and swamp environments.

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