All About Baby Alligators
Alligator Babies - Learn All about Them
I had the rare opportunity yesterday to see a baby alligator riding on its mother's back. This sighting was in a lake by the golf course where we play several days a week. Somewhere in the brushy areas of the course must be an alligator nest. I'll be more careful rummaging around for my lost golf balls in future. I wouldn't want to upset a mother alligator protecting her nest of eggs.
Seeing the baby alligator made me curious about the early days of an alligator's life. How big are they when they are born? How long do they hang around with the mother? What do the baby alligators eat? I've hunted for the answers for these and other questions about baby alligators. Enjoy the fun facts about baby gators and don't miss the informative videos about baby alligators.
I've also included places for you to go to see alligators.
Hatching (painted by CatOnHotBricks)
My Baby Alligator Photos - and a Grown Up Alligator
I took some great photos of baby alligators and even shots showing them on their mother's back. Since Flickr won't let me show it here, I'll give you the link to the baby alligator photos.
This photo shows three baby alligators in a mossy, sort of swampy area. There were more there. I've read that the baby alligators stay close together and the group is called a pod.
Remember that the mother alligator looks out for the babies. Even if you don't see her, she is probably nearby. Don't take any risks by going close to the babies or trying to catch one.
I used a zoom lens to take this photo of the babies and also of the adult alligator.
More Photos of Baby Alligators - Taken by Virginia AllainClick thumbnail to view full-size
What Baby Alligators Eat
As they get bigger, they eat fish, snakes, turtles, smaller alligators, birds and other animals. The newly hatched babies eat small fish, insects and small frogs.
Pictures of Food for Young Alligators - Photographer: Virginia AllainClick thumbnail to view full-size
Alligator Babies - Story Books and True Fact Books on Amazon
Learn more about baby alligators in these books available from Amazon.
Great Read-Aloud Story about an Alligator Baby
Baby Animals Series - Alligators
You can borrow books about alligators from your public library. The librarian can help find ones for the right reading level.
How Big Is a Baby Alligator?
As you can see from this photo, a just-hatched baby alligator will fit in your hand. They grow fast though. When it hatches, it can be eight to ten inches in length.
Hand Holding a Baby Alligator
How Fast Do They Grow?
A baby alligator in the wild can grow to 3 feet in length in the first year.
Short Videos about Baby Alligators
1) Baby alligators catching and eating small fish.
2) National Geographic film of a mother alligator protecting her babies.
3) A mother alligator digs away at the nest to bring the newly hatched babies down to the water.
4) Releasing baby alligators into the wild where one is eaten by a larger gator.
Have You Seen a Baby Alligator?
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Realistic Model Alligator with a Baby
This is a foot long realistic looking mother alligator with babies on her back (they are attached). Kids love this.
Notice how the baby alligators have more yellow in their stripes. This helps them hide better while they are small.
Dangers to Baby Alligators
Bigger animals like herons, turtles, large fish and large alligators will eat a baby alligator.
Some Animals That Eat Baby Alligators - Photos by Virginia AllainClick thumbnail to view full-size
More Photos of Alligators
by Virginia Allain
I take some of these photos right in my backyard, as we have a small lake which attracts these big reptiles. The young I've only seen while I was out golfing. They seem to be in areas where there is conservation land with trees and swampy areas next to a good sized lake.
Probably the wooded, brushy area makes a good place to put the nest and cover it. Once the little ones hatch out, they can move over to the larger body of water.
The reason I haven't seen baby alligators in my backyard is there is no brushy area for the nest.
More Alligator Photos by Virginia Allain
In My Backyard
Places to See Alligators
Gatorland is the only one of these that I've visited. You will need at the very least half a day to see all the exhibits, but allow more time as they have some excellent demonstrations, a small train that takes you around the swampy areas to see additional alligators and don't miss the feeding time for the large gators. Dramatic.
Bring your camera!
- Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World and Orlando's Best Half Day Attraction!
We like to take guests to this fascinating place. It dates back to 1949. This is a 110-acre alligator theme park and wildlife preserve, combining Old Florida charm with exciting, new exhibits, zip line and entertainment.
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and Crocodile Crossing Zip Line
Find out about all the fun things to see at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
- Gatorbeach Destin Florida live alligators
Although this has 80 alligators, it doesn't have the range of activities available at places like Gatorland or the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
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