Amazing Alligator Facts

 

Alligators are reptiles that belong to the Alligatoridae family and are a close relative of crocodiles. They are famous for their bone crushing bites; here are some interesting facts about alligators for you.

Group of alligators - Congregation
Group of alligators - Congregation | Source

 

  1. Alligators are native to America and China; they are called American alligator and Chinese alligator.
  2. A group of alligators is referred as “congregation.”

 

3. American alligators would have become extinct a long time back if the United States Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t take appropriate steps. They were in the endangered list in the year 1967. The Chinese alligators are in the brink of extinction and are currently found only in the Yangtze River valley.

 

4. The largest ever alligator recorded measured 19 feet and 2 inches; it was found in Louisiana.

 

 

5. The average weight of a male alligator is anywhere between 500 and 600 pounds; the female alligators in general are smaller than male alligators.

 

6. Alligators on an average have 75 to 80 teeth; an interesting fact about alligator’s teeth is that new ones start to form as and when the old ones fall.

 

7. American alligators have webbed feet and they are great swimmers. They use their tails to propel in water when swimming.

Alligator facts
Alligator facts | Source


8. Alligators have two sets of eyelids; outer eyelids and inner eyelids. Outer eyelids close from top to bottom and are made of skin. Inner eyelids close back to front; these inner eyelids act as a protective cover for the eyes.


9. Alligators are capable of running at a speed of 17 to 20 kilometers per hour; this is applicable only if the distance is short. They can’t run long distances.


10. It is the largest of the species that decides the primary territory regardless of the gender.


11. Young alligators eat small fishes, insects, snails and worms. Adult alligators eat larger fishes, turtles, mammals, deer, etc.


12. Alligators have gizzard stones in their stomach that allows them to eat even carrion if there is food shortage. Gizzard stones are also called as gastrolith, which is actually a rock inside the gastrointestinal tract.


13. Alligators reach maturity when they are between 10 and 12 years. They mate between April and May.


14. Male alligators roar to attract its female counterpart and mating in general happens during night in shallow waters. Female alligators prepare a nest of vegetation; the heat formed during decomposition incubates the eggs.


15. Sex of an alligator is determined by the incubation temperature. To get a male offspring, the incubation temperature should be 34 deg. C or higher and for a female offspring, it is 30 deg. C or lesser.


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting hub! I love alligators! Love the great collection of interesting facts. It is especially interesting how fast they can run!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I live in South Florida where alligators are very common. However, I have only seen a couple up close. That is fine with me. I found your article interesting and have learned more than I care to about these creatures, they are scary! Thanks for the education.


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anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@teaches12345 , I'm happy that you found this information educative.


krystal@yahoo.com 3 years ago

IM SUPER HAPPY THAT I FOUND SOME INFORMATION


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@krystal, I'm happy that you found this hub informative.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

This is indeed an engaging & educative hub! I have learnt more about alligators thanks to you. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

All along the Gulf Coast alligators live in the U.S. They are a scary looking animal. Personally I hope never to have a close up encounter with one in the wild. Good hub filled with interesting statistics. Voted up, useful and interesting. Tweeting!


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@ishwaryaa22, am very happy to hear that you found this info very useful. Thanks for the share and the vote.


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@peggy, Thanks for the visit, vote, comment and tweet. I'm happy you found it very informative.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Howdy anuramkumar -

Enjoyed reading this informative and well-written article. Interestingt about those "hot" males and the "cool" females, all arbitrated by rotting grass. 'll have to think about that stuff...

Gus :-)))


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@Gus, happy that you enjoyed reading this hub as much as I enjoyed writing it.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Interesting article! When visiting Florida, I spotted a gigantic alligator sitting on someone's lawn. At first I thought it was a statue - it was so huge! Then it moved! I so loved seeing them and hearing them roar in the Everglades. But I don't think I'd want to see one on my front lawn!


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@Dolores Monet, an alligator in a lawn? If I had been there, I would have fainted. Thanks for the comment and the visit.


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lindacee 3 years ago from Southern Arizona

I love this fact-filled Hub about alligators! I've never seen an alligator, except for ones in the zoo even though I grew up in Louisiana. Fascinating and misunderstood creatures. Voted up, useful and interesting. :)


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@lindacee, Thanks for the visit and the encouraging comments.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Very useful and interesting hub Anuramkumar.


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anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

@indianchef, thanks for the comment.

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